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Jason Stanley is an American philosopher who is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. He is best known for his contributions to philosophy of language and epistemology, which often draw upon and influence other fields, including linguistics and cognitive science.
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A Brief History of Fascist Lies book cover
A Brief History of Fascist Lies
Federico Finchelstein - Apr 14, 2020
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In this short companion to his book From Fascism to Populism in History, world-renowned historian Federico Finchelstein explains why fascists regarded simple and often hateful lies as truth, and why so many of their followers believed the falsehoods. Throughout the history of the twentieth century, many supporters of fascist ideologies regarded pol...
Jason Stanley
Jan 10, 2021
Fascist lying is by now a crowded field - with @FinchelsteinF excellent book and a number of articles. But kudos to @TimothyDSnyder for recognizing the importance in particular of the concept of the Big Lie for the current moment with “election fraud.” Masterful @nytimes piece      source
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Domination and the Arts of Resistance
Hidden Transcripts
James C. Scott - Jul 29, 1992
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"A splendid study, surely one of the most important that has appeared on the whole matter of power and resistance."—Natalie Zemon Davis Confrontations between the powerless and powerful are laden with deception—the powerless feign deference and the powerful subtly assert their mastery. Peasants, serfs, untouchables, slaves, laborers, and prisoners ...
Jason Stanley
Dec 28, 2020
@nescio13 It’s an incredibly important book about standpoint epistemology!      source
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The Undocumented Americans
Karla Cornejo Villavicencio - Mar 24, 2020
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One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation.Writer Karla Cornejo Villavicencio was on DACA when she decided to write about being undocumented for the first time using her own name. It was right after th...
Jason Stanley
Dec 17, 2020
The Undocumented Americans is a great book      source
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Hitler's American Model
The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law
James Q. Whitman - Sep 04, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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How American race law provided a blueprint for Nazi GermanyNazism triumphed in Germany during the high era of Jim Crow laws in the United States. Did the American regime of racial oppression in any way inspire the Nazis? The unsettling answer is yes. In Hitler's American Model, James Whitman presents a detailed investigation of the American impact ...
Jason Stanley
Dec 07, 2020
@NickClairmont1 I’m sorry. I’m giving you historical facts. Whitman’s book is a work of history, based on archives. The Nuremberg laws draw on anti-miscegenation laws. These facts do not absolve Germany of culpability (as would be clear if you knew my writings in the German press).      source
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Burning Down the House
Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party
Julian E. Zelizer - Jul 07, 2020
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The story of how Newt Gingrich and his allies tainted American politics, launching an enduring era of brutal partisan warfareWhen Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, President Obama observed that Trump "is not an outlier; he is a culmination, a logical conclusion of the rhetoric and tactics of the Republican Party." In Burning Down the Hous...
Jason Stanley
Nov 28, 2020
@SethCotlar @julianzelizer Oh yes, this is an essential book!      source
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Mussolini to the Present
Ruth Ben-Ghiat - Nov 10, 2020
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Ours is the age of authoritarian rulers: self-proclaimed saviors of the nation who evade accountability while robbing their people of resources and corroding or destroying democracy. Their mutual-admiration club also draws on models from the past. Vladimir Putin rehabilitates Soviet tyrant Joseph Stalin, Donald Trump praises Libyan despot Muammar G...
Jason Stanley
Nov 26, 2020
Outstanding review for one of the best and most important books I have read recently - ⁦@ruthbenghiat⁩ Strongmen      source
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What Do You Really, Really Want?
Discovering What Matters Most And Taking Action To Achieve Your Important Goals
Kevin Stebbings - Mar 26, 2019
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The noise of life increasingly drowns out what is truly meaningful. If you are experiencing an increase in busyness without an increase in effectiveness, it’s time to discover intentional, life-transforming conversations. In What Do You Really, Really Want? Kevin Stebbings offers a coaching narrative that outlines a powerful model and actionable st...
Jason Stanley
Oct 14, 2020
@BryanPickel Wow! I am so happy to hear this. These two books are huge influences on me, and when I was stuck in like 2013 and people were telling me I had left philosophy because I was thinking about propaganda and ideology, Stebbing was my inspiration.      source
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Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880
W. E. Burghardt du Bois - Jan 01, 1998
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The pioneering work in the study of the role of Black Americans during Reconstruction by the most influential Black intellectual of his time....
Jason Stanley
Oct 14, 2020
@ajoiarrara @sarahchurchwell The most useful book is also the classic Du Bois, Black Reconstruction.      source
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Hate in the Homeland
The New Global Far Right
Cynthia Miller-Idriss - Oct 27, 2020
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A startling look at the unexpected places where violent hate groups recruit young peopleHate crimes. Misinformation and conspiracy theories. Foiled white-supremacist plots. The signs of growing far-right extremism are all around us, and communities across America and around the globe are struggling to understand how so many people are being radical...
Jason Stanley
Oct 11, 2020
This is an incredible book by ⁦@milleridriss⁩ that I found impossible to put down. Miller-Idriss has put it together here; the actors, the methods, and the history. I can’t wait to be in conversation with her on November 10 for Labyrinth Books      source
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Adaptive Preferences and Women's Empowerment
Serene J. Khader - Sep 07, 2011
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Women and other oppressed and deprived people sometimes collude with the forces that perpetuate injustice against them. Women's acceptance of their lesser claim on household resources like food, their positive attitudes toward clitoridectemy and infibulations, their acquiescence to violence at the hands of their husbands, and their sometimes fatali...
Jason Stanley
Dec 20, 2018
I'm a huge fan of Serene Khader, whose book Adaptive Preferences and Women's Empowerment I recommend to everyone I can. Very much looking forward to Khader's newest work.      source
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Paper Minds
Literature and the Ecology of Consciousness
Jonathan Kramnick - Sep 07, 2018
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How do poems and novels create a sense of mind? What does literary criticism say in conversation with other disciplines that addresses problems of consciousness? In Paper Minds, Jonathan Kramnick takes up these vital questions, exploring the relations between mind and environment, the literary forms that uncover such associations, and the various f...
Jason Stanley
Dec 12, 2018
"If I had to pick one recent book to recommend to someone curious about what good work in literary studies looks like, I would pick this." - Michael Clune reviews Jonathan Kramnick's *Paper Minds*      source
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