by thinkforyourself, Fri Jun 08, 2007 at 08:53:50 AM EDT
The agora was the public space and a very integral part of the ancient Greek city-state. An agora acted as a marketplace and a forum for the citizens of the city-state in exchanging ideas. Its meaning was also that of an assembly and a crossroads of many concepts which could either be taken metaphorically or physically. It was the core of reasoned debate and the airing of concerns of the citizens. It was as was the Roman Senate a non stop debate with exchanges of ideas pro and con and both forms of open forums were the basis for our own Senate (which literally means council of elders) which still practices the quorum and filibuster.
by Caro, Wed May 23, 2007 at 10:57:51 AM EDT
The excerpt below is posted with the full knowledge and permission, even encouragement, of the author, who wants his essays to be read by as many people as possible.
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The Gore Book: Sweeping Indictment, Rousing Challenge, Massive Best-seller
The real presidential campaign begins now with the publication of Al Gore's sweeping, passionate and uncompromising indictment of Bush, Bushism and American politics in the Bush era.
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by brackie79, Tue May 22, 2007 at 09:21:16 AM EDT
Just finished scanning T.A.O.R. and all I have to say is WOW! This book is a cornucopia of ideas, all eloquently gathered together to describe a political landscape motivated by the politics of fear and an economy of influence focused on the value of men rather than laws.
Reason's paternal and inevitable tone is spot on. It's not an abrasive voice, but rather, a comforting one that radiates hope in light of the seriousness of the subject it covers.
A chorus of thinkers support Gore's argument that today's politics can be an anomaly if we choose to go back to a time when intellectual dialogue is the standard and the marketplace of ideas is king. The last page of Reason: