Mr Gore presents well documented evidence that, under the administration of George W Bush, our democracy is in jeopardy of losing its most fundamental entitlements. These entitlements include the expectation of privacy and the rule of law and the assumption that Congress will have oversight of Presidential power and conduct reasoned debate within their representative positions.
While sometimes wordy and repetitive-tho I found the repetition helpful-Mr Gore makes a persuasive argument for why Americans have placidly gone along with the status quo. The more I listened, the more I found myself outraged by the deferral of the public interest to cronyism and self-interest. Politically motivated appointments, intimidation of scientists and their research which contradicts official party line and political self-interest, intentional ignorance of critical security data in favor of the visions of ideologues, the use of demagoguery and fear to manipulate public opinion and intimidate opposition - all of these examples point to a corrupt and inept administration ready to water down our democracy, empower the executive and silence opposition.
Mr Gore ably points out that our nation is in dire need of Reason. Fear has immobilized the general public, which is engaged in a mass inertia, self-victimized by the lies that have promulgated anxiety and misinformation. Ordinary citizens, who lack the means of mass advertising and it’s coercive properties, have very little influence these days on the course of events.
Mr Gore sets his hopes for the future on the democratizing promise of the Internet and it’s many products (blogging, Wiki’s and its current state of “net neutrality”) vis-a-vis economic and social equality.
I encourage this listen as a powerful indictment of, and solution for, public apathy and a source of motivation to anyone who feels helpless against the power-mongers and “deciders” of the nation.
Narrarator Tull does an excellent job of representing the stoic Steven Maturin and ebullient, politically incorrect Jack Aubrey. I'd never read these books, but was enthralled by Tull's narration, capturing the period beautifully. When I went on to the second book, I mistakenly downloaded the verison by narrator Simon Vance and was immediately let down. Maturin had changed from an intelligent, thoughtful Irishman to a simpering Brit. The charisma between himself and Jack A was utterly and disappointingly gone! These are great books, but I wholly recommend the narration by Tull over Vance.
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