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The Right’s “Judeo-Christian” Fixation | The New Republic
"IMAGINING JUDEO-CHRISTIAN AMERICA: RELIGION, SECULARISM, AND THE REDEFINITION OF DEMOCRACY by K. Healan GastonUniversity of Chicago Press, 360 pp., $25.00"
book  review  history  rhetoric  religion  christian  judaism  american-studies 
november 2019 by tsuomela
Feasting on Precarity - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Uberland How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work By Alex Rosenblat Published 10.23.2018 University of California Press 296 Pages"
book  review  work  labor  technology  arbitrage  regulation  rhetoric  law 
january 2019 by tsuomela
How the Rhetoric of Responsibility Hurts the Welfare State | New Republic
"THE AGE OF RESPONSIBILITY: LUCK, CHOICE, AND THE WELFARE STATE by Yascha MounkHarvard University Press,"
book  review  welfare  responsibility  rhetoric  political-science  philosophy  ethics  collective  commonwealth 
june 2017 by tsuomela
Paul Ryan, Überwonk | Emmett Rensin
An entertaining parallel between Nietzsche ubermensch and wonkdom. Wonks master something but don't act.
politics  wonk  rhetoric  change  metaphor 
april 2017 by tsuomela
Stanley, J.: How Propaganda Works (eBook, Paperback and Hardcover).
"Our democracy today is fraught with political campaigns, lobbyists, liberal media, and Fox News commentators, 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—not in the way they were for the totalitarian societies of the mid-twentieth century. In How Propaganda Works, Jason Stanley demonstrates that more attention needs to be paid. He examines how propaganda operates subtly, how it undermines democracy—particularly the ideals of democratic deliberation and equality—and how it has damaged democracies of the past. Focusing on the shortcomings of liberal democratic states, Stanley provides a historically grounded introduction to democratic political theory as a window into the misuse of democratic vocabulary for propaganda’s selfish purposes. He lays out historical examples, such as the restructuring of the US public school system at the turn of the twentieth century, to explore how the language of democracy is sometimes used to mask an undemocratic reality. 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 that commonly occur in the United States. How Propaganda Works shows that an understanding of propaganda and its mechanisms is essential for the preservation and protection of liberal democracies everywhere."
propaganda  philosophy  rhetoric  persuasion  political-science  communication 
november 2016 by tsuomela
Keith Olbermann and our vogue for EVISCERATIONS and EPIC RANTS.
Some parallels to Dan Kahan and cultural cognition dualism in public understanding of science.
rhetoric  politics  rants  language  persuasion  cognition  public-understanding  science  expertise 
october 2016 by tsuomela
Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America, Fourth Edition, By Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, 9781442220560 | Rowman & Littlefield
"Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s acclaimed Racism without Racists documents how, beneath our contemporary conversation about race, lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for—and ultimately justify—racial inequalities. This provocative book explodes the belief that America is now a color-blind society. The fourth edition adds a chapter on what Bonilla-Silva calls "the new racism," which provides the essential foundation to explore issues of race and ethnicity in more depth. This edition also updates Bonilla-Silva’s assessment of race in America after President Barack Obama’s re-election. Obama’s presidency, Bonilla-Silva argues, does not represent a sea change in race relations, but rather embodies disturbing racial trends of the past. In this fourth edition, Racism without Racists will continue to challenge readers and stimulate discussion about the state of race in America today"
book  publisher  race  racism  rhetoric  american 
september 2016 by tsuomela
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