[FoRK] Another quip from Gore's book
<lionkimbro at gmail.com> on
Mon May 28 22:43:05 PDT 2007
Does Al Gore present a vision or imagination in that book of what
America would look like, if it *had* a reasoning society?
I not looking for necessarily even accurate details; Just enough
detail to flesh out a picture of what it would be like to live in such
It always strikes me as, "There are 600 million people here.
How could a process resembling reasoning happen?" But I could
get excited by some first cut answers and imagery.
Are there any such visions in the book, or elsewhere, for that
On 5/28/07, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:
> You know, I haven't read *any* of Gore's other books. I did see his
> recent movie, and thought it was a pretty good piece of work. But
> reading Assault over the weekend in bits and pieces, I find myself
> very impressed by his ability to turn a phrase. If he's always been
> this good a writer, then it's both mysterioud and a damn shame that
> he was such a wooden speaker in the 2000 election.
> Here's a bit that I found particularly well-worked:
> "The derivation of just power from the consent of the governed
> depends upon the integrity of the reasoning process through which
> that consent is given. If the reasoning process is corrupted by
> money and deception, then the consent of the governed is based on
> false premises, and any power thus derived is inherently counterfeit
> and unjust. If the consent of the governed is extorted through
> manipulation of mass fears, or embezzled with claims of divine
> guidance, democracy is impoverished. If the suspension of reason
> causes a significant portion of the citizenry to lose confidence in
> the integrity of the process, democracy can be bankrupted.
> "If citizens no longer participate, those among them who notice signs
> of corruption or illogic have no way to voice their concerns and
> summon the attention of others who, upon examining the same evidence,
> might share their dismay. No critical mass of opposition can form
> among individuals who are isolated from one another, looking through
> one-way mirrors in soundproof rooms, shouting if they with but still
> unheard. If enough citizens cease to participate in its process,
> democracy dies."
> I cannot even imagine George W. Bush being able to parse, much less
> recite, much less still craft such statements.
> PS - note the critical words "who are isolated from one another" ---
> that isolation or insularity being the operative factor in my choice
> of the term "Balkanization" rather than Albert's more innocuous and
> beside-the-point alternatives.
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