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Thom Hartmann broadcasts live from Santa Fe, August 27, 2004.
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Thom Hartmann is an American liberal talk radio host, television host, and author, who was formerly a psychotherapist and electrical engineer.[1] His radio show, The Thom Hartmann Program, is nationally carried by Sirius/XM satellite radio with between 1.5 million to 3 million daily listeners.[citation needed] According to Talkers Magazine, his is the tenth most important talk radio show in America, and he is the most important progressive radio host.[2]

He promotes 9/11 trutherism and extremely questionable views on medicine, such as anti-vaccination beliefs. He also has his own show The Big Picture on RT America (you know, the Russian propaganda network).[3]

Radio style[edit]

Despite his mild-mannered style, he has demonstrated an intellect, which has allowed him to demolish with ease the arguments of people who only pretend to know about said issues (e.g., Rush Limbaugh and dittoheads who call in). Unlike most others on the radio, Thom Hartmann uses a cerebral approach, backing up what he says with at least some knowledge about the topics at hand. He also hosts guests who disagree with him and doesn't shout them down, preferring instead to engage them in a proper debate and answer questions from callers afterwards. He also engages callers who disagree with him in a similar fashion, and has a set policy of not letting people denigrate arguments put forth by previous guests or callers who cannot — since they are off the air — defend themselves.

Viewpoints[edit]

Like many of his ideological opposites, his religious beliefs inform his politics, such as when he argues that environmentally-unfriendly behavior is akin to crapping all over God.[4]

Pseudoscience[edit]

When we realize that the entire world around us and within us is made from the stuff of G-d which we can experience as love, then the entire world becomes sacred. Every act of life is sacred. Every bit of creation is alive and vital and sacred, and touches us with love.[4]

Hartmann dabbles in pseudoscience with his enthusiasm for the Gaia hypothesis.

He has also revealed himself as a bit of a New Age crank, writing books such as The Prophet's Way (which "melds recent discoveries in science with ancient metaphysical truths").[5]

He also dabbles into anti-vaccine nonsense and even had the producer of Andrew Wakefield's film "Vaxxed" on his show.

9/11 truther[edit]

See the main article on this topic: 9/11

His name appears 41st on the 911truth.org petition,[6] the same one former White House Green Jobs adviser Van Jones resigned over. Hartmann promoted JFK assassination conspiracies with his book Ultimate Sacrifice, in which JFK's murder is blamed on the Mafia.[7]

Lucky guess: ADD/ADHD hunter-farmer origins[edit]

His "hunter versus farmer" proposal on the origins of ADD/ADHD, which argues that the conditions may be "leftovers" from early human history, had little scientific credibility at the time of its proposal. A study from the University of California at Irvine appears to support elements of Hartmann's thinking on the subject, but also challenges important parts of Hartmann's hypothesis.[8] Hartmann proposed the hypothesis a long time before the UC study was published, raising the possibility that he might have plucked the theory out of his ass and gotten lucky later. On his television show The Big Picture, he did a commentary about public education based on his ADHD theories.[9]

Against judicial review[edit]

He is also a promoter of Thomas Jefferson and John Locke's points of view of the purpose of government. He has also stated in no uncertain terms his dislike for judicial activism, but he goes much further than most opponents of "judicial activism," having advocated for the complete abandonment of the very concept of judicial review[10] (presumably this abandonment would not be carried out retroactively, since that would leave segregation legal, abortion and sodomy illegal, interracial marriage banned in seventeen states, and publication of subversive literature a punishable offenseWikipedia's W.svg). He gives as his reason for opposing judicial review that it is an affront to the U.S.'s "constitutionally-limited democratic republic" to permit the courts to strike down unconstitutional laws. Yeah…

Bibliography[edit]

This list of his publications was shamelessly ripped from Wikipedia:

  • 2007: Cracking The Code: How to Win Hearts, Change Minds, and Restore America's Original Vision, Berrett-Koehler (isbn = 9781576754580)
  • 2006: Screwed: The Undeclared War Against The Middle Class and What We Can Do About It, Berrett-Koehler (isbn = 1-57675-414-6)
  • 2006: Walking Your Blues Away: Practical Bilateral Therapies for Healing the Mind and Optimizing Emotional Well-Being, Park Street Press (isbn = 1-59477-144-8)
  • 2005: Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK, Carroll & Graf (isbn = 0-7867-1441-7) by Lamar Waldron, with Thom Hartmann
  • 2004: What Would Jefferson Do?, Harmony Books (isbn = 1-8821-0938-4)
  • 2004: We the People: A Call to Take Back America, Coreway Media, Inc. (isbn = 1-4000-5208-4)
  • 2004 (revised ed.): Unequal Protection, Rodale Books (isbn = 1-57954-955-1)
  • 2004 (revised ed. – first ed. 1998): The Prophet's Way, Park Street Press (isbn = 0-89281-198-6)
  • 2004 (revised ed. – first ed. 1997): Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, Three Rivers Press (isbn = 1-4000-5157-6)
  • 2003: The Edison Gene, Park Street Press (isbn = 0-89281-128-5)
  • 2000: Thom Hartmann's Complete Guide to ADD, Underwood Books (isbn = 1-887424-52-0)
  • 2000: The Greatest Spiritual Secret of the Century, Hampton Roads (isbn = 1-57174-166-6)
  • 1996: Beyond ADD, Underwood Books (isbn = 1-887424-12-1)
  • 1996: Think Fast!, Underwood Books (isbn = 1-887424-08-3) by Thom Hartmann and Jane Bowman, with Susan Burgess
  • 1995: ADD Success Stories, Underwood Books (isbn = 1-887424-03-2)
  • 1994: Focus Your Energy: Hunting for Success in Business, Pocket Books (isbn = 0-671-51689-2)
  • 1994: ADHD Secrets of Success: Coaching Yourself to Fulfillment in the Business World , Select Books (isbn = 1-59079-017-0)
  • 1992: ADD: A Different Perception, Underwood Books (isbn = 1-887424-14-8)

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