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The most pressing environmental problem we face today is not climate change. It is pollution in the public square, where a smog of adversarial rhetoric, propaganda, and polarization stifles discussion and debate, creating resistance to change and thwarting our ability to solve our collective problems.

In I'm Right and You're an Idiot, author and David Suzuki Foundation chair James Hoggan grapples with this critical issue, conducting interviews with outstanding thinkers from the Himalayas to the House of Lords. Drawing on the wisdom of such notables as Thich Nhat Hanh, Noam Chomsky, and the Dalai Lama, his comprehensive analysis explores:

How trust is undermined and misinformation thrives in today's public dialogue Why facts alone fail – the manipulation of language and the silencing of dissent The importance of reframing our arguments with empathy and values to create compelling narratives and spur action.

Our species' greatest survival strategy has always been foresight and the ability to leverage our intelligence to overcome adversity. For too long now this capacity has been threatened by the sorry state of our public discourse. Focusing on proven techniques to foster more powerful and effective communication, this book will appeal to readers looking for both deep insights and practical advice.

James Hoggan is president of the Vancouver PR firm Hoggan & Associates, chair of the David Suzuki Foundation board, and founder of the influential website DeSmogBlog. He is author of Climate Cover-Up and Do the Right Thing.

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The most pressing environmental problem we face today is not climate change. It is pollution in the public square, where a smog of adversarial rhetoric, propaganda, and polarization stifles discussion and debate, creating resistance to change and thwarting our ability to solve our collective problems.

In I'm Right and You're an Idiot, author and David Suzuki Foundation chair James Hoggan grapples with this critical issue, conducting interviews with outstanding thinkers from the Himalayas to the House of Lords. Drawing on the wisdom of such notables as Thich Nhat Hanh, Noam Chomsky, and the Dalai Lama, his comprehensive analysis explores:

How trust is undermined and misinformation thrives in today's public dialogue Why facts alone fail – the manipulation of language and the silencing of dissent The importance of reframing our arguments with empathy and values to create compelling narratives and spur action.

Our species' greatest survival...

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In I'm Right and You're an Idiot, author and David Suzuki Foundation chair James Hoggan grapples with this critical issue, conducting interviews with outstanding thinkers from the Himalayas to the House of Lords. Drawing on the wisdom of such notables as Thich Nhat Hanh, Noam Chomsky, and the Dalai Lama, his comprehensive analysis explores:

How trust is undermined and misinformation thrives in today's public dialogue Why facts alone fail – the manipulation of language and the silencing of dissent The importance of reframing our arguments with empathy and values to create compelling narratives and spur action.

Our species' greatest survival strategy has always been foresight and the ability to leverage our intelligence to overcome adversity. For too long now this capacity has been threatened by the sorry state of our public discourse. Focusing on proven techniques to foster more powerful and effective communication, this book will appeal to readers looking for both deep insights and practical advice.

James Hoggan is president of the Vancouver PR firm Hoggan & Associates, chair of the David Suzuki Foundation board, and founder of the influential website DeSmogBlog. He is author of Climate Cover-Up and Do the Right Thing.

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PROLOGUE


SECTION 1 THE POLLUTED PUBLIC SQUARE
1. LIKE SHIPS IN THE NIGHT
2. THE ADVOCACY TRAP
3. MISTAKES WERE MADE (BUT NOT BY ME)
4. MORALITY BINDS & BLINDS
5. WHY WE WANT TO BE MISLED
6. FACTS DON'T CHANGE MINDS
7. MATTERS OF CONCERN
8. THE SELF-REGULATING PSYCHOPATH
9. FOREIGN FUNDED RADICALS
10. ASSAULT ON DEMOCRACY
11. SILENCING THE VOICES OF OTHERS
12. GASLIGHTING BLURS OUR REALITY
13. THE POLLUTED PUBLIC SQUARE


SECTION 2 – LEANING INTO THE FUTURE
14. POWER & LOVE
15. NO FISH? NO FISHSTICKS
16. LISTEN DEEPLY


SECTION 3 – ETHICAL PERSUASION
17. COLLAPSING WORLD VIEW
18. THE SCIENCE OF SCIENCE COMMUNICATION
19. SOMETIMES DAVID WINS


SECTION 4 EDUCATING THE HEART
20. THE GOLDEN RULE
21. SPEAK THE TRUTH, BUT NOT TO PUNISH
22. WE NEED WARMHEARTEDNESS


EPILOGUE: THE SKY REALLY IS FALLING