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10/6 – Jason Stanley on Democracy and the Demagogue @ Brooklyn Public Philosophers

Oct 6, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

| Free

November 2016 is still a while off, but the scramble for the presidency is well (and loudly) underway. So we might look to philosophy for a more rigorous discussion of the political and social problems the election is (or should be) about. We might also look to philosophy to deepen our understanding of the pitfalls and promises of the election process itself.

On Tuesday, October 6th, Jason Stanley, professor at Yale University and author of the recently published How Propaganda Works, joins Brooklyn Public Philosophers to do just that. He’ll share some of his work on demagoguery and the problems it poses for a democratic society. Here’s a bit more about the talk, in Dr. Stanley’s own words:

Democracy and the Demagogue

This will always remain one of the best jokes of democracy, that it gave its deadly enemies the means by which it was destroyed.

—Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda, 1933–45.

From Plato to the present day, the demagogue has been the shadow lurking over democracy, a political system whose values, freedom and equality, combine to make it uniquely susceptible to the demagogue bent on undermining them. I will explain the special threat demagoguery poses to democracy, using examples from the current United States election campaign.

As usual, we meet at 7:00 P.M. in the Info Commons Lab at the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (10 Grand Army Plaza).

Tell your friends/students/countrymen! Bring someone you tend to disagree with politically! Shout it at the nearest cable news show!

See you there, I hope!


Oct 6, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Brooklyn Public Library, Info Commons Lab
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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