the assault on reason-al gore-9781594201226

THE ASSAULT ON REASON

Política internacional

Política

Ciencias Políticas y Sociales

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 …
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.

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AL GORE

Al Gore és actualment director de Current TV, una xarxa privada de televisió per cable i per satèl·lit per la gent jove, que es basa en continguts creats pels espectadors i el periodisme ciutadà. Gore és també director de Generation Investment Management, una firma que s'ha orientat cap un nou enfocament de les inversions sostenibles. Gore és membre de la junta directiva d'Apple Computer Inc. I consultor de Google, Inc.Al Gore fou elegit per la Cambra de Representants del Estats Units el 1976 i pel Senat el 1984 i 1990. Fou investit com el 45è vicepresident dels Estats Units el gener del 1993, càrrec que ocupà durant vuit anys. És l'autor del reeixit llibre de 1992 La Tierra en juego: ecología y conciencia humana, Una veritat incòmoda (2007) i Una veritat incòmoda per a futures generacions (2008). Ha estat Premi Noble de la Pau 2007. Ver ficha del autor
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