The United States is more vulnerable today than ever before - including during the Great Depression and the Civil War - because the pillars of democracy that once supported a booming middle class have been corrupted, and without them, America teeters on the verge of the next Great Crash. The United States is in the midst of an economic implosion that could make the Great Depression look like child's play.
"New twist/ much learned"
According to Air America radio host Thom Hartmann, the apologists of the Right have become masters of the subtle and largely subconscious aspects of political communication. It's not an escalation in Iraq, it's a surge; it's not the inheritance tax, it's the death tax; it's not drilling for oil, it's exploring for energy.
Conservatives didn't intuit the path to persuasive messaging; they learned these techniques.
"User-friendly course on political communication"
In What Would Jefferson Do? Thom Hartmann shows why democracy is not an aberration in human history but the oldest, most resilient, and most universal form of government, with roots in nature itself. He traces in particular the history of democracy in the United States, identifies the most prevalent myths about it, and offers an inspiring yet realistic plan for transforming the political landscape and reviving Jefferson's dream before it is too late.
The Best of the Thom Hartmann Program features excerpts from some of Thom's classic Air America shows. Volume 2: Our Living History, Thom brings his deep grounding in American history to bear on current events. He explores ripped-from-the-headlines topics like the right-wing war on the middle class, the dangers of privatizing the military and healthcare, the threat of theocracy, the legacy of the American labor Movement, and what those Republican tax cuts really mean.
Our founding fathers worked hard to ensure that a small group of wealthy people would never dominate this country. Thomas Jefferson believed that our very democracy depends upon our ability to play referee to the game of business, protecting labor and the public good. But over the last 25 years, we've witnessed an undeclared war against the middle class.
"A must read"
The Best of the Thom Hartmann Program features excerpts from some of Thom's classic Air America shows. Volume 1: We the People focuses on the state of American democracy - its historic roots and its present imperiled health. Thom discusses the Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Kennedy-Nixon debates, executive power, and more.
After closing his private investigation firm and moving to a small cabin in the Vermont woods, Oakley Tyler can finally begin his retirement. But his peace is interrupted when Jeremiah Smith visits and asks the ex-PI to help him stop unidentified men from killing his grandson, a local newspaper reporter. Tyler is reluctant to take the case, wishing to get back to a life of leisure, but when Smith is killed in a hit-and-run car accident, Tyler is convinced someone has silenced the old man to protect a secret.
"Very entertaining story"