Show Notes

Jason Stanley is Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. He formerly specialized in the philosophy of language, but has recently changes his focus to populism and politics, with his books How Propaganda Works, published in 2015, and How Fascism Works, which hits bookstores this month. The chapters of the book, each describing a characteristic of fascism are:

  1. The Mythic Past
  2. Propaganda
  3. Anti-Intellectualism
  4. Unreality
  5. Hierarchy
  6. Victimhood
  7. Law and Order
  8. Sexual Anxiety
  9. Sodom and Gomorrah
  10. Arbeit Macht Frei

What sets Jason’s book apart from books by Albright, Snyder, etc?   1:05
Differentiating Fascism from totalitarianism  3:02
Why are some democracies strong? 6:22
A critique of John Stuart Mill  12:00
Linguistics is like behavioral economics  16:12
Race and politics  17:54
What can professors do? 26:05


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