The Assault on Reason

The Assault on Reason

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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.
Publisher: [Santa Ana, Calif.] : Books on Tape, 2007.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781415944134
141594413X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file)
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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Apr 09, 2010

If we don't read, how can we evaluate anythiing beyond brief, superficial (and possibly/probably "spun") accounts of ideas and proposals for action?

Food for thought! I enjoyed it more than I expected.

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