Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama

rating: 2 of 5 stars

I found this book quite interesting and well written. I'm not particularly knowledgable about the American political system or history but after reading this I will probably read up in these areas. One of the things that came through very strongly is the polarisation in debate in America and I think this is not just confined to the US. It is one of the things that concerns me about the climate in Australia as well.

What we have in common is much greater than our differences usually but it seems that the voices that are heard are the ones at either extreme. The vilification and dismissal of people who have different opinions does not help to achieve the best outcomes. Options aren't even comsidered because of ideology. Can it change? The evidence seems to be that public debate is getting worse not better.

It is a pity that Obama has been elected at a time when the financial situation will make it much more difficult to address the major injustices, lack of health care and safety nets that are such a problem in the US. I'm not sure whether even with the funds his words would translate into real change.

Ref: A-Z Reading Challenge

1 comment:

dawn said...

Found you on the PBP blog train - you have the gift for journaling :) Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday