Tuesday, March 15th 2016, Joe Crowley Student Union, Ballroom A
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Propaganda and the 2016 Election Campaign
In his Republic, Plato warns that the greatest threat to liberal democracy will come in the form of a demagogue. This lecture brings one of the central questions of political philosophy to bear on the current U.S. election campaign. We find charges of demagoguery raised against one leading candidate. What exactly is the threat that demagoguery poses to democracy? Is the problem of demagoguery especially threatening this year, or has it been exaggerated? Do all candidates participate in it, or is this year somehow unique? Jason Stanley, who published one of the first editorials about Donald Trump’s campaign in The New York Times, will address these questions and others about the role of propaganda in the current U.S. electoral cycle.