Whether coming from the government, the media, our campaigning politicians, or many of our “best and brightest” writers and authors―the public all-too-rarely gets a timely message that resonates. Not on the current housing bubble. Not on Iraq. Not onMoreWhether coming from the government, the media, our campaigning politicians, or many of our “best and brightest” writers and authors―the public all-too-rarely gets a timely message that resonates.
Not on the current housing bubble. Not on Iraq. Not on the full impact of tax cuts. Not on our failing education. Not on our failing domestic “wars” (from drugs to poverty to illiteracy). Not on the economy. Not on global warming. Not on health care. Not on human rights. Not on affirmative action.
Not on immigration. Not on oil depletion. Not on the Middle East. Not on Globalism. Not on outsourcing. Not on our shrinking middle class. Not on the full extent of our shrinking forests and our melting icebergs.Current government statistics clearly point to the growing gap between rich and poor, to the increasing number of citizens lacking health insurance, to tax-giveaways to the wealthiest, to immense corporate payoffs to CEOs while worker salaries stagnate, to ever-increasing deregulation and lack of oversight, and more.
Let’s face it! When it really counts, not least at election time, the public rarely gets the message. Thus, amid the infantile campaign caricatures as the candidate of ‘experience’, of ‘hope and unity’, of ‘leadership’, there is little focus on the real issues: Of the pharmaceutical industry (among others) blocking health care reform or of the oil industry (among others) blocking energy and environmental reform. Or on the consequences of our tax cuts, our education cuts, our failure in the war on drugs and terror.Clearly we’re not getting much of a ‘message’―not in our puffed-up business communications, in our manipulative advertising, in our news capsule and sound bite television, in our increasingly tabloid-styled and yet all too often incurious, idea-free and unquestioning mainstream press, in our films that too often sell out the fuller story and the bigger picture for the close-up and the special effects, in our art and art criticism that too often fail to offer statement, meaning, serious evaluation, in our frequently myopic, distorted, truncated, blurred history telling, in too many of our sanitized science-denuded text books, in many painfully lugubrious writings of bureaucracy and abstruse works of academia, in the not uncommonly disingenuous comments of politicians and presidential candidates….If you enjoy the writings of Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Steven Pinker, Stephen Jay Gould, this thought provoking analysis—of how the failure of intelligent reasoning and loss of substantiality is tearing the U.S.
apart—is for you.About Ron Kenner.Ron Kenner has co-authored several well-received dramatic non-fiction autobiographies/biographies, including the classic Charles Manson book “The Garbage People.” Ron has personally edited more than one hundred published fiction and nonfiction books, including some dozen national gold medal/first place winners.
Before turning to writing and editing Ron worked as a journalist on the Los Angeles Times and as an investigative reporter, columnist, and editor for a number of other newspapers and magazines. Ron’s own bylined feature articles have been published in newspapers and magazines in more than a dozen countries. Ron is listed in the Marquis’ Who’s Who in the West and is a member of PEN and other writers’ organizations.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Mary and their cat, Mazel.