Democracy today is dominated by election campaigns, lobbyists, media, and political commentators, all using language to influence the way the public thinks about and interprets public issues. Despite this, many believe that propaganda and manipulation aren’t problems for society. In this two-part interview, Jason Stanley discusses how propaganda works in democratic societies with Maria Armoudian.

Jason Stanley is a professor of Philosophy at Yale University. He is the author of How Propaganda WorksKnow How and Knowledge and Practical Interests (Lines of Thought).

Interview: Part One.


Interview: Part Two.


This interview was originally aired on the Scholars’ Circle. For more information and to access our archive of episodes click here.

See Also:

Will Fake News Affect the New Zealand Election?

Are We Living in a Post-Truth Era?

Are Hacking, Fake News, and Paid Trolls Destroying Democracy?