How Propaganda Works – Jason Stanley

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Democracy today is fraught with political campaigns, lobbyists, and conservative and liberal media, all using language to influence the way we think and reason about public issues. Even so, many of us believe that propaganda and manipulation aren’t problems for us. In How Propaganda Works, Jason Stanley examines how propaganda operates more subtly than we think, how it undermines democracy and how it has damaged democracies of the past.

Stanley provides a historically grounded introduction to the misuse of democratic vocabluray for ideology’s selfish purposes. Drawing from a range of sources, including feminist theory, critical race theory, epistemology, formal semantics, educational theory, and social and cognitive psychology, he explains how the manipulative and hypocritical declaration of flawed beliefs and ideologies arises from and perpetuates inequalities in society, such as the racial injustices.

How Propaganda Works shows that an understanding of propaganda and its mechanisms is essential for the preservation and protection of liberal democracies everywhere.

About the Author

Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. He is the author of Knowledge and Practical InterestsLanguage in Context, and Know How.


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