Real Common Sense: Using our Founding Values to Reclaim Our Nation and Stop the Radical Right From Hijacking America
Real Common Sense insists that America, plagued with consumerism and private interests, has strayed from its Founding principles and the vision for America of our forefathers. Brian Kahn exposes the deceptions of the extreme Right and reminds us of the real Tom Paine who would be baffled to have "inspired" this explosion of reactionary politics. Real Common Sense reminds us of the great principles and values on which our country was founded—freedom, equality, democracy—and how previous generations have fought for them in the very best moments of our nation's history. It calls on us, during these difficult times, to pick up the torch and do what needs to be done if we are to create an American worthy of our grandchildren.
"A well-intended, well-written effort to reclaim Thomas Paine from today's Tea Party … Paine would be proud." —Kirkus Reviews
"[A] reflection on what it means to be a citizen in today's imperfect America." —Publishers Weekly
"Grounded in the real common sense we inherited from the Founders and other patriots, this wonderful book is a road map toward establishing genuine democracy." —William Greider, author of Come Home, America and national affairs correspondent for The Nation
"Brian Kahn wisely shows us that the values of true conservatives of the Depression-era generation largely mesh with those of progressives—honest business dealings, rewarding work with decent pay, etc. Real Common Sense is our guide to how we can get to a better place in America." —Dale Maharidge, author of Someplace Like America: Tales from the New Great Depression
"Real Common Sense argues forcefully that the nation needs to reinvigorate an ethic that embraces both their right to pursue personal happiness and the responsibility to advance the public good." —Joel Berg, author of All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America? and executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger
About Brian Kahn
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.