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The Assault on Reason

Al Gore

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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. 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Will Patton

Length:

10h 28m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:17


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:06


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:06


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:14


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:37


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:49


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:26


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:13


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:47


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:32


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:04


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:33


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:09


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:57


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:40


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:48


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:30


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:39


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:35


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:52


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:57


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:46


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:34


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:27


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:25


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:15


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:43


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:38


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:09


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:41


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:46


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:04


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:34


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:43


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:04


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:47


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:42


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:30


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:28


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:03


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:40


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:40


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:44


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:04


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:06


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:38


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:24


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:58


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:23


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:47


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:31


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:34


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:40


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:17


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:46


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:00


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:27


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:49


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:42


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:58


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:27


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:46


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:42


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:43


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:54


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:52


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:15


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:13


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:05


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:40


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:03


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:04


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:35


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:32


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:35


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:24


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:58


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:16


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:43


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:35


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:35


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:36


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:49


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:05


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:19


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:31


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:49


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:20


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:36


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

00:32