The Assault on Reason

The Assault on Reason

Book - 2007
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A visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith has combined with the degration of the public sphere to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason

At the time George W. Bush ordered American forces to invade Iraq, 70 percent of Americans believed Saddam Hussein was linked to 9/11. Voters in Ohio, when asked by pollsters to list what stuck in their minds about the campaign, most frequently named two Bush television ads that played to fears of terrorism.

We live in an age when the thirty-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. Related to this and of even greater concern is this administration's disinterest in the process by which the truth is ascertained, the tenets of fact-based reasoning-first among them an embrace of open inquiry in which unexpected and even inconvenient facts can lead to unexpected conclusions.

How did we get here? How much damage has been done to the functioning of our democracy and its role as steward of our security? Never has there been a worse time for us to lose the capacity to face the reality of our long-term challenges, from national security to the economy, from issues of health and social welfare to the environment. As The Assault on Reason shows us, we have precious little time to waste.

Gore's larger goal in this book is to explain how the public sphere itself has evolved into a place hospitable to reason's enemies, 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, individually and collectively, to restore the rule of reason and safeguard our future. Drawing on a life's work in politics as well as on the work of experts across a broad range of disciplines, Al Gore has written a farsighted and powerful manifesto for clear thinking.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2007.
ISBN: 9781594201226
Call Number: 973.931 GORE
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Bush, George W. 1946- -- Friends and associates.
Bush, George W. 1946-
United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-2009.
Religious fundamentalism -- Political aspects -- United States.
Official secrets -- United States.
Fear -- Political aspects -- United States.
Reason -- Political aspects -- United States.
Reason -- Social aspects -- United States.
Democracy -- United States.
Political culture -- United States.


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Apr 02, 2017

I basically ignore this guy for the following reasons: [1] his campaign platform - - and Geo. W. Bush's campaign plantform - - were so much alike in the 2000 presidential campaign, no wonder so many decided to vote for the real republicon, instead of the democratic poseur; [2] Gore's pathetic legal strategy before the Supreme Court, which decided in favor of Bush {Gore should have demanded an entire vote recount for the state of Florida, not just several counties, and to end that idiot argument against Ralph Nader, Bush received more democratic votes in Florida than did Ralph; and, [3] after losing the election, Gore got together with two of his Goldman Sachs buddies to found a hedge fund involved in trading carbon permits - - a total financial scam based upon giving yet more money creation power to the banks and oil companies!

Jul 09, 2011

It may be a little heavy on his anti-Bush sentiment, but he does present good points about how the change in the way Americans absorb media has hurt the democratic process.

Oct 21, 2008

his election platform

heatherlynn Mar 14, 2008

Lots of interesting personal critiques of new media and the state of American politics. Good points made. Lots of examples.


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