t.magnuson, October 28, 2008 (view all comments by t.magnuson)
The saddest part of it is how blatantly 'handled' the mouthpieces of the machine are. Where are the great statesmen of Old? Ted Magnuson, author, Those Self Evident Truths, from Runnymede to Gettysburg.
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Millions ,on both sides of the aisle , have willingly ,nay cheerfully ,abandoned their right to make informed judgments based on common sense and reason . And are more than willing to be led en masse by their noses.
Gore vastly understates the case . It's gone far beyond being a mere "Assault on Reason" . In fact ,Reason stands totally Pulverized.
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Effie, June 28, 2007 (view all comments by Effie)
And to think this man who wrote this book could have (and should have been) our President, instead of the man who now sits making bad decisions in the Oval Office...what else remains to be said?
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Patricia Rogero, May 31, 2007 (view all comments by Patricia Rogero)
This book argues a good case that "we the people" have abdicated our democratic responsibilities and that this has opened the door to lying, corruption and for some to blindly follow those in power.
Gore writes with conviction. Where was this Gore six years ago?
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ArchiesBoy, May 25, 2007 (view all comments by ArchiesBoy)
Al Gore's new book scares the crap out of me. So far the reviews seem to have missed the central thrust of the book: the Bush administration is, step by step, putting everything into place for a dictatorship if we allow it. And there seems to be nothing much we can do, since the electorate is so powerless. The future looks bleak; it's not 2007, it's 1984.
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by Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times,
"[F]or all its sharply voiced opinions, The Assault on Reason turns out to be less a partisan, election-cycle harangue than a fiercely argued brief about the current Bush White House that is grounded in copiously footnoted citations from newspaper articles, Congressional testimony and commission reports."
by Joe Conason, Los Angeles Times,
"Gore's professorial style...elicits a different response today than it did seven years ago....At a time when we are learning that political responses tend to be more emotional than rational, as he surely understands, his stubborn faith that we will someday return to reason is touching."
by Boston Globe,
"[T]his isn't a campaign book....It's a deep public remonstrance, inspired a little by Tom Paine's Common Sense....Gore is no Paine, but he argues persuasively that Bush's tenure is no longer a constitutional presidency."
The former vice president presents a visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith of the Bush-led radical Right has combined with the degradation of the public sphere to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason.
A #1 New York Times bestseller: A visionary analysis of the degradation of our public sphere and its consequences for our democracy
Nobel Peace Prize winner, bestselling author, activist, and political icon, Al Gore has become one of the most respected and influential public intellectuals in America today. The Assault on Reason takes an unprecedented look at how faith in the power of reason?the idea that citizens can govern themselves through rational debate?is now under assault. The marketplace of ideas, once open to everyone through the printed word, has been corrupted by the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith. By leading us to an understanding of what we can do to restore the rule of reason, Gore has written a farsighted and powerful manifesto for clear thinking.
An indictment of the Bush-led radical Right's disdain for the principles of reasoned decision-making, and a reckoning with the degradation of the public sphere that facilitates their rule of unreason.
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