• Primary Concerns Episode 38: Words as Weapons of Authoritarian Control

    9 days ago - By The New Republic

    When the public can not agree upon a shared reality-when confusion and distrust and propaganda reign-politics devolves into a pre-democratic struggle for power, which will disfavor resisters. Donald Trump may not understand this dynamic academically, but it was a hallmark of his campaign and has become a hallmark of his pre-presidency. Sometimes his false pronouncements are buffoonish and ill-considered, but make no mistake: he is taking a hammer to one of liberal society's guardrails. Dartmouth College Political Scientist Brendan Nyhan has studied the ways information and disinformation...
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