The Assault on Reason
An analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith has created an environment dangerously hostile to reason. We live in an age when the 30-second television spot is the most powerful force shaping the electorate's thinking, and America is in the hands of an administration less interested than any previous administration in sharing the truth with the citizenry. Of even greater concern is this administration's disinterest in the process by which the truth is ascertained--an open inquiry in which unexpected and even inconvenient facts can lead to unexpected conclusions. Never has there been a worse time for us to lose the capacity to face the reality of our long-term challenges. Gore aims to make us more aware of the forces at work on our own minds, and to lead us to an understanding of what we can do to safeguard our future.--From publisher description
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I was never enthusiastic about Al Gore's run for the president, but this book is a must read for everyone who is concerned about the dominance of wealth in determining who gets elected and what policies and laws are enacted. Gore isn't simply decrying the influence of special interest lobbyists and big-money donors to political campaigns. He dissects the effect of the rise of "one-way" mediums (Television and radio) on political engagement and the way corporate interests gain preference over the public interest. Well worth reading, and then getting out and organizing to change the direction of our faltering republic!
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Flipping through these pages can be tragic when you read the level of intelligence behind the words and begin to wonder what the world would be like today if Al Gore had served George W. Bush's two ...