Nothing in a democracy is outside the reach of propaganda, from media to politics to education. Its influence on citizens’ choices can’t be overstated — and is even harder to overcome. In his new book, How Propaganda Works, Jason Stanley, a Yale philosophy professor, explains it’s always been that way. Stanley tracks propaganda’s history across continents and through decades, illuminating its power to make people vote against their own best interests.
Phi Beta Iota: The book is flawed, as one author points out, by its failure to include Jacques Ellul’s masterwork, Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes. We have not read it, we encourage all citizens to read the book as anything that educates the public on the misrepresentation by our institutions, is worthwhile.