Monday September 27, 2021, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Zephyr Institute

From Rational Persuasion to Psychological Manipulation: How Social Science Overturned Liberal Governance

A salon with Matthew B. Crawford
From Rational Persuasion to Psychological Manipulation: How Social Science Overturned Liberal Governance

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Monday September 27, 2021, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Zephyr Institute
560 College Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Description

According to Aristotle, despotism is a distinct form of misrule. The despot rules over creatures who are presumed to be devoid of reason. Yet in liberal countries we increasingly find that governments make this presumption about the citizenry. How did this happen? During the 1990s and 2000s, certain currents of academic thought in political science and economics prepared the ground for the kind of political situation we find ourselves in today. Our discussion will explore those schools and how their aspirations came to fruition.


Drinks and snacks served at 5 p.m. with lecture and discussion to follow.


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Matthew B. Crawford

Matthew B. Crawford

Senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture

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