Archives For Propaganda

 

TODAY marks the anniversary of the 1970 death of philosopher Bertrand Russell…

Russell, a committed atheist, was the author of Why I Am Not a Christian. This excerpt, however, is strikingly pertinent in our day of “alternative facts,” in which truth has little relevance. It is worth taking the time to read!

 

Free Thought and Official Propaganda
Bertrand Russell
(Excerpt)

Conway Memorial Lecture
Delivered March 24, 1922

 
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THE OTHER JOURNAL Reviews
Steve Long’s SPEAKING OF GOD
http://www.theotherjournal.com/article.php?id=885
Modern philosophers and historians were convinced of the death of metaphysics; they buried questions of existence and being deep in the grave. But according to D. Stephen Long, author of Speaking of God, even their proofs for this death borrowed from clear metaphysical assumptions, and so Long is neither surprised by the resurgence of metaphysics nor unprepared to explore its many relationships with other disciplines, particularly language, philosophy, theology, and politics. In Speaking of God, Long has fashioned a refreshing examination of these subject matters, specifically addressing reason and faith, philosophy and theology, power and truth, and metaphysics and politics. He pursues questions of reason and faith, and then, in the face of a hermeneutics of pure negation and a flat metaphysics, he argues for a richer, deeper Christian life, a flourishing life nourished by the search for truth.
Read the full review:
http://www.theotherjournal.com/article.php?id=885
Speaking of God:
Theology, Language, and Truth.
Paperback: Eerdmans, 2009.
Buy now:
A Review of Why America Fights:
Patriotism and War Propaganda from the Philippines to Iraq
http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2009/0709/book/book_brown_whyfight.html
The War in Iraq is a highpoint of U. S. foreign policy. A cruel dictator is overthrown with the wholehearted support of the Iraqi and American people. Democracy is courageously introduced in the politically oppressive Middle East. In-country hostilities are brought to a quick end thanks to a successful military surge.
To some this is what happened in Iraq. But to others, President George W. Bush’s invasion of a far-off land was a poorly explained and disastrous misadventure. The administration misled the public about the true nature of the war and its consequences. Such prevarication was a sharp break with truthful American leadership in the past.
Not quite so, says Susan A. Brewer, Professor of  History at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, in her new book, Why American Fights: Patriotism and War Propaganda from the Philippines to Iraq. Rallying support for its wars (including unsuccessful ones) by the U. S. government, she contends, is nothing new.
Read the full review:
http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2009/0709/book/book_brown_whyfight.html
Why America Fights:
Patriotism and War Propaganda from the Philippines to Iraq
Hardback: Oxford UP, 2009.
Buy now:

THE OTHER JOURNAL Reviews
Steve Long’s SPEAKING OF GOD

http://www.theotherjournal.com/article.php?id=885

Modern philosophers and historians were convinced of the death of metaphysics; they buried questions of existence and being deep in the grave. But according to D. Stephen Long, author of Speaking of God, even their proofs for this death borrowed from clear metaphysical assumptions, and so Long is neither surprised by the resurgence of metaphysics nor unprepared to explore its many relationships with other disciplines, particularly language, philosophy, theology, and politics. In Speaking of God, Long has fashioned a refreshing examination of these subject matters, specifically addressing reason and faith, philosophy and theology, power and truth, and metaphysics and politics. He pursues questions of reason and faith, and then, in the face of a hermeneutics of pure negation and a flat metaphysics, he argues for a richer, deeper Christian life, a flourishing life nourished by the search for truth.

Read the full review:

http://www.theotherjournal.com/article.php?id=885

Speaking of God:
Theology, Language, and Truth
.
Steve Long.

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2009.
Buy now: [ Amazon ]

A Review of Susan Brewer’s Why America Fights:
Patriotism and War Propaganda from the Philippines to Iraq

http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2009/0709/book/book_brown_whyfight.html

The War in Iraq is a highpoint of U. S. foreign policy. A cruel dictator is overthrown with the wholehearted support of the Iraqi and American people. Democracy is courageously introduced in the politically oppressive Middle East. In-country hostilities are brought to a quick end thanks to a successful military surge.

To some this is what happened in Iraq. But to others, President George W. Bush’s invasion of a far-off land was a poorly explained and disastrous misadventure. The administration misled the public about the true nature of the war and its consequences. Such prevarication was a sharp break with truthful American leadership in the past.

Not quite so, says Susan A. Brewer, Professor of  History at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, in her new book, Why American Fights: Patriotism and War Propaganda from the Philippines to Iraq. Rallying support for its wars (including unsuccessful ones) by the U. S. government, she contends, is nothing new.

Read the full review:

http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2009/0709/book/book_brown_whyfight.html

Why America Fights:
Patriotism and War Propaganda from the Philippines to Iraq
.
Susan Brewer.

Hardback: Oxford UP, 2009.
Buy now: [ Amazon ]