The Assault on Reason

The Assault on Reason

by Al Gore
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Guest More than 1 year ago
While George H. W. Bush has been jumping out of airplanes, Jimmy Carter has written numerous books 'one will be reviewed below' and has continued working with The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization he founded with his wife Rosalynne to promote democracy, improve health, and resolve conflicts worldwide. Along the way, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Center. Bill Clinton, since leaving office, has written two books and now trots the globe buttonholing anyone who will listen to obtain funds for work in underdeveloped countries. Al Gore has been busy and productive, too. He has written books, including this recent one, won an academy award for his 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth on the global climate crisis, and was recently awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize 'he shared it with the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change'. We haven¿t seen such efforts and achievements from our former Republican presidents. Richard Nixon did write several well-received books on world affairs, but Gerald Ford retired to Palm Springs to play golf, and Ronald Reagan was advanced in age when he left office 'still, couldn¿t he have dictated something to Nancy?'. And what can we expect from the 12 years of the Bush Administrations? Probably nothing as erudite, impassioned, and visionary as Gore¿s The Assault on Reason. This a complex and wide-ranging book, but it is held together by a main theme that underlies all of the discussion. Gore states it perhaps most succinctly two pages before the end: The rule of reason is the true sovereign of the American system. Our self-government is based on the ability of individual citizens to use reason in holding their elected representatives, senators, and presidents accountable for their actions. When reason itself comes under assault, American democracy is put at risk. On the issue of the necessity of ¿an informed citizenry,¿ as envisioned by the Founding Fathers, there is a strain of thought in American letters that is deeply conservative 'not to say elitist', perhaps best exemplified by Allan Bloom¿s 1988 book The Closing of the American Mind, which singled out higher education for ¿impoverishing the souls¿ of students. Gore is not in that camp and seems to truly believe that we can still govern ourselves intelligently given the chance and a more open system of dialogue, which he calls ¿the conversation of democracy.¿ Indeed, he is almost too sanguine about the American voter, letting us off a little too easily with regard to our own responsibility to seek out information and become ¿connected¿ to our democracy. Yet, Gore presents a reasonable case for why so many people seem to have opted out of the public debate. His principal argument is that we have moved from a print-based culture, which began in the late middle ages with the first printing presses and exploded during the Enlightenment of the 18th century, to a passive TV/film/video culture in which the ¿conversation¿ is essentially one way. He contrasts the activity of watching TV with the act of reading, in which, he says, we ¿co-create¿ the reality. With modern mass media technology, however, the images are so realistic and explicit that our reasoning shuts down, further cutting us off from involvement in public discourse. It also leaves us vulnerable to ¿propaganda¿ 'polite term, advertising', and Gore cites the liberal economist John Kenneth Galbraith who, in the 1950s and 1960s 'e.g., The New Industrial State' wrote that huge corporate advertising budgets had permanently changed the classical economic model of supply and demand because so much of ¿demand¿ today 'Gore would include political acquiescence' is ¿manufactured¿ through extremely expensive, very slick, and emotionally persuasive 10- to 30-second TV spots. Another theme is the use of ¿fear-mongering¿ by those in power to gain political ends--how many times have we been told over the past seven years that we are in a constant, endle
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is written in a funny tone slashing the current Bush Administration for its mistakes in Iraq and 9/11. Every American should read this book! I agree and always knew that our media and goverment works on a one-way street only. The assault on reason explains it should be a two way street for flow of information. We are puppets doing what the folks with the most money in this country want us to do! Al explains that we do not think, nor stand up and question our hiarchy. Either because we are not educated enough or care. This book was written to take action! And NOW!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Purchasing this as a "bargain" book, I was shocked to know that this book has already run its course. The topic is very relevent in today's culture of corruption and greed that has run amok for the past eight years. The depth of information and detail not only shocks but appalls this reader, and I mean that only in a good way. There's so much about the Bush administration and the lack of media attention that was revealed and I was surprised to hear some of the factoids and other details that probably most of the country is/was unaware of. If you want in-depth coverage of politics, media, human sociology and psychology, this book stimulates the brain and makes you think deeply about the larger picture and how far this country has come from its origins.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The most unfortunate thing about this book is that those people who need to read it the worst will discount it as 'left wing' and ignore it. That, my friends, is exactly what Gore is talking about in this book. The segment of the population who accept certain concepts and claims whole cloth don't want opposing information, they want to be told what to think and do. It is a darn shame that as this country tries to improve education this group celebrates ignorance!
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In 2000, I voted for Ralph Nader for President of the United States. I spent years kicking myself for that choice. After reading this, I no longer regret my vote. Al Gore used the media to bury the more progressive Bill Bradley in the primaries and to keep Ralph off of the TV and out of the print media that Gore now wishes to replace with the internet. Talk about hypocricy. How can the Democrats move towards progressive leadership if Conserva-Dems like Gore still have pull?
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HonestFool More than 1 year ago
The last chapter alone is worth it. VERY insightful.
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