Trumped and Stumped: Review of I’m Right and You’re an Idiot

Many thanks to Erik Curren for his thoughtful review of I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up by James Hoggan on Curren’s site Transition Voice.

Trumped and Stumped: A Cure for Political Polarization?

Curren notes the book “sounds like it was written just for the 2016 US presidential race” and it says “a lot about the polarization in American politics that has grown over the last forty years and made this year’s presidential race both incredibly nasty and totally absurd.”

Hoggan interviewed more than 60 leading thinkers including Thich Nhat Hanh, Peter Senge, and the Dalai Lama for the book, as Curren says, “all famous smart people who obviously have lots to say about how angry people can get along with each other better in politics.”

In his review, Curren  highlights the work of Adam Kahane, using power and love for social change. “…perhaps my favorite chapter comes from a peacemaker I hadn’t heard of before. During a stint with the oil company Shell, Canadian facilitator Adam Kahane learned the art of scenario planning. He then took this brand of practical storytelling on the road as a consultant to help people in more than 50 countries stop yelling at each other and start working together.”

It’s a fascinating read, see more here.

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Thom Hartmann talks toxic discourse with Jim Hoggan

Thom Hartmann, the #1 progressive radio talk show host in the US, recently discussed the toxic state of public discourse with James Hoggan, author of I’m Right and You’re and Idiot, on his national TV program The Big Show.

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“James Hoggan, of I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up/DeSmogBlog/The David Suzuki Foundation joins Thom. Americans are also frustrated with deeply dysfunctional political system in which lies and propaganda have replaced basic fact – they’re angry at a political culture that thrives on polarization and spin – and they’re frustrated with breakdown of our public discourse. Which raises the question – why is the political discourse in this country so screwed up?”

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Viewpoints discusses toxic state of public discourse

Viewpoints, a public affairs show that’s syndicated to more than 500 radio stations across the U.S., recently interviewed our client James Hoggan, author of I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up.

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Here’s an excerpt from the show’s summary: “The presidential primaries this year underlined the sorry state of public discourse in the U.S. Name-calling, bullying, shouting and misinformation took center stage along with the candidates, and it makes you wonder if we’ll ever get back to reasoned, polite discourse on important issues during this election cycle. Our guest wondered too, and he researched the topic of toxic public discourse and why it permeates our political and social communications these days. He also provides some suggestions for advocates and candidates to get their points across without resorting to nastiness and acrimony.”

This interview is one of many on our Radio Media Tour for this title. To find out how our publicity services can help spread the word of your book, product or organization, please contact Kathlene Carney at Carney & Associates.

I’m Right and You’re An Idiot

We’re thrilled to be conducting a radio media tour for an incredibly timely book, I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up by leading public relations executive James Hoggan (May 24, 2016, New Society Publishers).

Public discourse on some of the most pressing problems facing society has never been more fractured. From climate change and income inequality to gun control and immigration, debate has become a toxic mix of intolerance, misinformation and deliberate distortion on both sides of the political spectrum. We are more polarized than ever on many of the issues, and the prospect of resolving them seems bleak.

For example, the poisonous rhetoric from our presidential candidates and their surrogates is a symptom of how bad the situation has become. On many issues there is simply no real debate, just vicious personal attacks designed to reinforce dogma rather than win support through persuasive logic.

How we got here and how we get out of the mess is the focus of the new book. “I wanted to find out how misinformation campaigns work, how we have come to a time when facts don’t matter and how we can start having real public conversations again,” Hoggan explains. “So I began to explore how these tendencies arise, what spurs us to become close-minded, aggressively vitriolic and most importantly, what we can do about it.”

JamesHogganJim’s a fascinating man. The Tyee recently described him thusly, “James Hoggan has been navigating the perilous waters of public conversation for 25 years as a public relations specialist. He’s built serious credibility not by being the spinniest guy in the room, but by daring to call bull on the clever but misleading techniques of many of his peers. A longtime sustainability advocate, Hoggan blew the whistle on the climate change denial lobby with his book Climate Cover-up, and launched DeSmog Blog with the stated aim of “clearing the PR pollution that clouds climate science.”

Stay tuned, we’ll be posting links to Jim’s radio interviews as the campaign progresses…

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