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The Assault on Reason: How the Politics of Blind Faith Subvert Wise Decision-Making (udgave 2007)

af Al Gore

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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.… (mere)
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Titel:The Assault on Reason: How the Politics of Blind Faith Subvert Wise Decision-Making
Forfattere:Al Gore
Info:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2007), Edition: Airport and Export ed, Paperback, 320 pages
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Former VP Al Gore's book detailing how the American people have given up their right to know the real news in favor of learning about Britny Spears and other people of no real interest, allowing the current administration to pull off some very underhanded things (like Iraq). ( )
  SteveCarl | Jun 24, 2024 |
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 terms in office. Would there be milk chocolate fairies delivering candy and fountain-style root beer floats to children throughout the heartland of America? No, absolutely not. Yet I would wage a healthy amount of money that the U.S.A. would not have been in the geopolitical crapper as it was when George W. Bush finally walked out of those hallowed doors with one of the lowest approval ratings in history. His one-time opponent, Al Gore, tries to explain and extol on the reasons things went so badly off the rails.

The Assault on Reason is written by former Vice President Al Gore and details chapter after chapter the numerous areas where the Bush years, and some of those before, have displayed an incredible and frightening trend replacing science and reason with faith and narrow-mindedness. The government we once knew, the one begun all those years back, has been systematically dismantled, pulling the power from the people as a whole and concentrating it into an increasingly small number of hands. Those chosen few have since done everything in their power to eliminate reason and intellectual debate in favor of religious rhetoric and cowboy posturing in face of any and all opposing evidence. In essence, readers feel the true power of the American people slip further and further away with each turn of the page.

Before even opening the book, it must be noted the context in which these words live. Al Gore lost the Presidential election back in 2000 in one of the most contentious, and in some minds demonstrably corrupted, rulings in history. This man was a single breath away from the oval office and seven years later he writes a book about how terrible a job his former opponent is doing. So it is impossible to view this book without a small sense of bias on the part of the author. Yet, although the book does sometimes fall too far into “political slam-book” territory and reaches a slight whiny tone, Gore checks himself and within a few pages brings it back to a place where he backs up each and every criticism with solid, reasonable and irrefutable facts. In those passages when he cites source after source and charts out the trends which we should be so afraid of, that is when Gore is at his most effective.

The real power of the book is not as a weapon against the Bush-era style of politics and power grabbing, but the entire political system hierarchy and its continued growth away from the general public. Gore points out numerous occasions, pre-Bush, that also helped lead to the dangerous place we are today with so much control centralized into the office of President and not spread out amongst the three co-equal branches of the government as intended by those who set it up all those years ago. Yet, Gore even expands on this to the rest of the planet as well when talking about nuclear proliferation, detailing other nations and how they followed the missteps of the American powerhouse. In one of his most eloquent moments in the book, Gore writes:

“As a world community, we must prove that we are wise enough to control what we have been smart enough to create.”

In my mind, that is the central thesis to his entire argument. His textual intent is to warn us of the danger of nuclear arms being in the hands of people who block out reason in favor of belief, religious or otherwise, but sub-textually I believe the statement also shines lights on the creation of our government. Power should never be wielded only by one man alone; that is the antithesis of our democratic style of government. The balance between the three branches has been slowly ebbing away and the person sitting in the oval office has been the silent beneficiary of it all. Both sides have played their parts in the dismantling of that balance, but the Republicans took more giant steps on that march towards an iron-fist government between 2001-2008 than ever before in history.

What we can learn from this book is how to regain that balance, if you can filter out Gore’s “I wouldn’t have done it that way” tone in various portions. Science, reason and factual proof are slowly making their way back into governing politics, but there is a long way to go and more people who live by that credo need to find their way into the hallowed halls of the capital buildings. I’m not suggesting no one of any faith should be in government, just that they no longer turn a blind eye to anything that doesn’t follow in lockstep with that belief. Important choices should only be made after the most rigorous of debate and unfortunately, as you will see in these pages, our last President was not a huge fan of differing points of view. Even though this was written while Bush was still in office, many of the policies and laws enacted during that time are still in effect and Obama has yet to find the spare time to return some of that balance the government so desperately needs. Let’s help remind him.

This is a well written and well researched book on the state of our government and the dangerous path it is on. Although not exactly a page turner and it gets randomly embroiled in mudslinging and overly scientific terminology, the final result is still impactful and important. ( )
  LukeGoldstein | Aug 10, 2021 |
Written in 2007, before the Obama - McCain Presidential election, it's now somewhat dated in 2010. I initially thought the book would describe how the "News" is more about celebrity and the sensational, and less about any serious debate of the facts behind the important issues of the day. Gore starts off telling how Madison Avenue is more important in elections than the message of the candidates, but soon narrows down to the downside of the Bush - Cheney Administration. Those stories are well documented by now, and are better told by serious newsmen and journalists. The book would have been more relevant if Gore had selected any number of other possible examples rather than focusing so significantly on the shortcomings of the Bush years. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
Quite the interesting read, though somewhat uneven. Gore discusses how television, through its one-way content distribution, has reduced/eliminated our capacity to discuss politics and other rational topics. Instead, it triggers our fears. Some discussion of how the brain works, some discussion about how the internet may be the solution (note date of publication is 2007) -- and then quite a detailed discussion of how the Bush administration used fear, media, and deceit to manipulate the US people. Where I find the book difficult to follow is his idealistic discussion of what the "Founding Fathers" meant when they declared independence. ( )
  WiebkeK | Jan 21, 2021 |
A politician's polemic against the Bush administration.

* little that is new to anyone who's brain has not been taken over by CNNBCBS.

* compared to the extremely worth books now available - Family of Secrets, Tragedy and Hope - this is just tabloid fluff, a politician's rant.

* out of date, really. While what Al says is seems to be undeniable, often already known, occasionally a few new terrors about the Dubya swamp, it is ranting at past clouds.

TL;DR: there are MUCH better books covering similar subjects ( )
  GirlMeetsTractor | Mar 22, 2020 |
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Mr. Gore’s central argument is that “reason, logic and truth seem to play a sharply diminished role in the way America now makes important decisions” and that the country’s public discourse has become “less focused and clear, less reasoned.” This “assault on reason,” he suggests, is personified by the way the Bush White House operates. Echoing many reporters and former administration insiders, Mr. Gore says that the administration tends to ignore expert advice
 

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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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