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Rebooting the American Dream by Thom Hartmann

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CHAPTER 7Cool Our Fever

We live in a democracy and policies represent our collective will. We cannot blame others. If we allow the planet to pass tipping points…it will be hard to explain our role to our children. We cannot claim…that “we didn’t know.”

—Jim Hansen, Director, NASA Goddard

Institute for Space Studies1

I HAVE TAKEN THE FOUR-HOUR TRAIN RIDE FROM THE AIRPORT IN Frankfurt, Germany, to the Bavarian town of Stadtsteinach in the Frankenwald often enough to know it by heart. I look out the window and see the familiar sights—the towns, the rivers, the houses.

I have visited Stadtsteinach many times over the past 30 years, working with Salem International, a relief organization headquartered in that town. The community for abused kids that ...

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