Department of Rhetoric & Writing
Department of Rhetoric & Writing

Preorder New Book on Demagoguery from Professor Trish Roberts-Miller

Wed, May 31, 2017
Preorder New Book on Demagoguery from Professor Trish Roberts-Miller
"Demagoguery and Democracy" cover

Trish Roberts-Miller, professor in rhetoric and writing, has published a new book on the dangers of demagoguery now available for preorder through Workman Publishing and Amazon

The synopsis from the publisher reads:

A clear-eyed guide to demagoguery—and how we can defeat it
What is demagoguery? Some demagogues are easy to spot: They rise to power through pandering, charisma, and prejudice. But, as professor Patricia Roberts-Miller explains, a demagogue is anyone who reduces all questions to us vs. them.

Why is it dangerous? Demagoguery is democracy’s greatest threat. It erodes rational debate, so that intelligent policymaking grinds to a halt. The idea that we never fall for it—that all the blame lies with them—is equally dangerous.

How can we stop it? Demagogues follow predictable patterns in what they say and do to gain power. The key to resisting demagoguery is to name it when you see it—and to know where it leads.

Patricia Roberts-Miller, PhD, is a Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Fanatical Schemes: Proslavery Rhetoric and the Tragedy of Consensus, Voices in the Wilderness: Public Discourse and the Paradox of Puritan Rhetoric, and Deliberate Conflict: Argument, Political Theory, and Composition Classes.


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