Demagoguery And Democracy

June 13, 2017|
Demagoguery And Democracy by Patricia Roberts-Miller
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A clear-eyed guide to demagoguery-and how we can defeat it
What is demagoguery? Some demagogues are easy to spot: They rise to power through pandering, charisma, and prejudice. But, as professor Patricia Roberts-Miller explains, a demagogue is anyone who reduces all questions to us vs. them.

Why is it dangerous? Demagoguery is democracy''s greatest threat. It erodes rational debate, so that intelligent policymaking grinds to a halt. The idea that we never fall for it-that all the blame lies with them-is equally dangerous.

How can we stop it? Demagogues follow predictable patterns in what they say and do to gain power. The key to resisting demagoguery is to name it when you see it-and to know where it leads.
Patricia Roberts-Miller, PhD, is professor of rhetoric and writing and director of the University Writing Center at University of Texas at Austin. She has been teaching the subject of demagoguery since 2002 and is also the author of Voices in the Wilderness, Deliberate Conflict, Fanatical Schemes and Rhetoric and Demagoguery. She lives...
Title:Demagoguery And Democracy
Format:Paper over Board
Product dimensions:144 pages, 6.2 X 4.1 X 0.7 in
Shipping dimensions:144 pages, 6.2 X 4.1 X 0.7 in
Published:June 13, 2017
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781615194087

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