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It is James Polk believes that North Americans have largely abandoned the public sphere for the sake of individual fortune. In The Triumph of Ignorance and Bliss, he examines the foundations of a culture that he sees as favouring firepower over dipolmacy, passiong from the pulpit over rational critique, and the star appeal of media idols over the struggle with real problems. Where engaged public discourse should channel effective dissent, there is ignorance; where public outrage should ignite correction action to oppose the status quo, there is bliss.
Polk portrays a society side-tracked by television-inspired fantasies of fame, fun and perfect bodies, where public school systerms are close to collapse; where millions live without health insurance; where tax policies openly favor the wealthiest; where corporations brazenly take control, not only of decision-making processes, but also of the very means by which issues, content and public priorities are defined, communicated, and dealt with; where the optomism of the past has been replaced by a sense of despair and foreboding, because of abuses of trust.
Deeply influenced by both the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory and twentieth-century phenomenology, James Polk holds a PhD in philosophy for his work on Kant and Heidegger. Other publications include essays and translations in soical philosophy and comparative social history. Polk currently teaches at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
|Date Published||5 Sep 2008|
|Publisher||Black Rose Books|