Real Common Sense by Brian Kahn

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America's extreme Right falsely claims the Founding Fathers as allies for their radical agenda. Pundit Glenn Beck has gone so far as to use the title of Tom Paine’s famous 1776 pamphlet Common Sense for his own book—a book that attacks the political, social and economic rights which Paine and the Founders fought for.
It’s time to cut through the rhetoric, smoke, and spin, and get back to our core American values. We have gone off course as a country by emphasizing consumerism over citizenship, entertainment over education, and "me" over "we." By rediscovering the moral compass our Founders put into place, we can create a united America, and a future worthy of our grandchildren.

About Brian Kahn

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BRIAN KAHN is host of the award-winning public radio program Home Ground. He has been published in the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and Field & Stream. He has worked as a ranch hand, college boxing coach, lawyer, conservationist, journalist, and lives in Montana.
Published July 24, 2012 by Seven Stories Press. 224 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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“If Tom Paine were alive today,” he writes, “Glenn Beck would label him a radical socialist or revolutionary Marxist.” Conversely, he adds, Paine “would call Beck what he is: a deceitful demagogue and twenty-first–century disciple of exactly what the Founders fought against.” Kahn conjures a visi...

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Few of his ideas, such as his call for media reform and a renewed public service requirement, are revolutionary, but he argues them with an effective blend of fact ("In 2005, an Institute of Medicine report found that 80% to 97% of food product aimed at children and teenagers are ‘of poor nutri...

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