Demagoguery and Democracy

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Demagoguery and Democracy
Hardcover – 26 September 2017
by Patricia Roberts-Miller (Author)

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Demagoguery and Democracy

Hardcover – 26 September 2017

by Patricia Roberts-Miller

  • Publisher : The Experiment LLC (26 September 2017)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover – 26 September 2017 : 144 pages
  • ISBN-10 : ?1615194088
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1615194087
  • Weight : 160 g
  • Dimensions : 10.8 x 0.64 x 15.88 cm

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Demagoguery and Democracy is a brief, incisive guide to what demagogues (those who turn complicated political situations into polarized identity politics) say and do to gain and hold power, and what citizens can do to restore democracy. As author and longtime rhetoric professor Patricia Roberts-Miller shows, demagogues might seem volatile and spontaneous, but—from the time of ancient Greece to the age of our demagogue-in-chief, Donald Trump—they actually follow a rather recognizable pattern of irrationality. They appeal to fear but claim courage. They pay lip service to authenticity but embrace obfuscation. They resist concrete policy debate because they prefer to divide and polarize until policy discussion is nothing more than identity politics. The list goes on.

The key to resisting demagogues is to know their playbook—to recognize demagoguery when you see it, and to know what it leads to—and to learn the ways an engaged citizenry can hasten a demagogue’s fall.
 

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Weight 0.16 kg
Dimensions 15.88 × 10.8 cm

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