Book Discussion on Liars! Cheaters! Evildoers!: Demonization and the End of Civil Debate

Tom De Luca talked about the book he co-wrote with John Buell, Liars!  Cheaters!  Evildoers!: Demonization and the End of Civil… read more

Tom De Luca talked about the book he co-wrote with John Buell, Liars!  Cheaters!  Evildoers!: Demonization and the End of Civil Debate in American Politics, published by New York University Press. In the book he argues that civil debate on policy has been replaced by attacks on the personal character of politicians. He read passages from the book and talked about the demonization that has occurred throughout American political history. He defined demonization not as tough politics, but as repeatedly and without consideration of the consequences accusing someone of being abnormal as in immoral, evil or deviant. Mr. De Luca talked about the factors that lead toward demonization in American society. He proposed that a conscious effort be made to resist these temptations and to maintain the democratic covenant of understanding and tolerance that would enable real progress. He responded to questions from members of the audience. close

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Book Discussion on Liars! Cheaters! Evildoers!: Demonization and the End of Civil Debate

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New York, New York, United States
First Aired:
Feb 5, 2006
Last Aired:
Feb 21, 2006

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  • Feb 05, 2006 | 9:58pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 20, 2006 | 1:59am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 21, 2006 | 6:58am EST | C-SPAN 2
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