The Tyranny of Opinion

How can we oppose this, regaining freedom and our sense of ourselves as individuals? The Tyranny of Opinion identifies the problem, defines its character, and proposes strategies of resistance.

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Author: Russell Blackford

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350056022

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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We live in an age of ideology, propaganda, and tribalism. Political conformity is enforced from many sides; the insidious social control that John Stuart Mill called "the tyranny of the prevailing opinion and feeling.†? Liberal or left-minded people are often more afraid of each other than of their conservative or right wing opponents. Social media and call-out-culture makes it easier to name, shame, ostracize and harass non-conformists, and destroys careers and lives. How can we oppose this, regaining freedom and our sense of ourselves as individuals? The Tyranny of Opinion identifies the problem, defines its character, and proposes strategies of resistance. Russell Blackford calls for an end to ideological purity policing and for recommitment to the foundational liberal values of individual liberty and spontaneity, free inquiry, diverse opinion, and honest debate.

The Tyranny of Opinion

opinion but because, where honor was concerned, his contemporaries preferred his tyranny to that of opinion. The transformation of honor into an objective, ...

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Author: Pablo Piccato

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822391753

Category: History

Page: 400

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In the mid-to-late nineteenth century, as Mexico emerged out of decades of civil war and foreign invasion, a modern notion of honor—of one’s reputation and self-worth—became the keystone in the construction of public culture. Mexicans gave great symbolic, social, and material value to honor. Only honorable men could speak in the name of the public. Honor earned these men, and a few women, support and credit, and gave civilian politicians a claim to authority after an era dominated by military heroism. Tracing how notions of honor changed in nineteenth-century Mexico, Pablo Piccato examines legislation, journalism, parliamentary debates, criminal defamation cases, personal stories, urban protests, and the rise and decline of dueling in the 1890s. He highlights the centrality of notions of honor to debates over the nature of Mexican liberalism, describing how honor helped to define the boundaries between public and private life; balance competing claims of free speech, public opinion, and the protection of individual reputations; and motivate politicians, writers, and other men to enter public life. As Piccato explains, under the authoritarian rule of Porfirio Díaz, the state became more active in the protection of individual reputations. It implemented new restrictions on the press. This did not prevent people from all walks of life from defending their honor and reputations, whether in court or through violence. The Tyranny of Opinion is a major contribution to a new understanding of Mexican political history and the evolution of Mexican civil society.

Save Me from the Tyranny of Popular Opinion a Brief Look at the World 2nd Edition

So you think you know the truth, what is right and wrong in the world, in politics, religion and every day life.

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Author: Sheona Lamont

Publisher:

ISBN: 1973359065

Category:

Page: 217

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So you think you know the truth, what is right and wrong in the world, in politics, religion and every day life. Who is right? We all are in our own way but really no one is right. There is no truth in the world just popular opinion shaped by those who shout loudest.

Yale Journal of Law the Humanities

129 On the final page of Max Lerner ' s chapter on “ The Culture of Machine Living , ” where he discussed the tyranny of opinion , he turned to Tocqueville ...

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ISBN: UCAL:B4953901

Category: Culture and law

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Save Me from the Tyranny of Popular Opinion a Brief Look at the World

So you think you know what's right and wrong in the world, what the truth is?

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Author: Sheona Lamont

Publisher:

ISBN: 1520999291

Category:

Page: 254

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So you think you know what's right and wrong in the world, what the truth is? I thought I did until I began to look at the world and how we live. When you look closely at the way we live you find established truths aren't real. History, population, evolution, politics, philosophy, religion, terrorism, conflict, war and many aspects of life are reviewed. See what you think, are your moral and political beliefs really justified?

The Christian Examiner and General Review

And so much of a habit has it become to regard the matter in this light , and such is the tyranny of opinion in relation to it , that the resenting of an ...

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Author: Francis Jenks

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044015704638

Category: Liberalism (Religion)

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The Longman Anthology of British Literature

Those whose opinions go by the name of public opinion, are not always the ... Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105133186291

Category: English literature

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At the Dawn of a Great Transition

In this fascinating book, Russell Blackford examines the pros and cons, bringing good humour, philosophical insight, and historical perspective to this most modern of modern debates.

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Author: Russell Blackford

Publisher:

ISBN: 3796541895

Category:

Page: 230

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Radical enhancement would employ technology to extend human capacities far beyond anything yet seen or experienced. Imagine, for example, easily outrunning any Olympic athlete while being dramatically smarter than Albert Einstein. Or imagine living for hundreds or thousands of years, making today's super-centenarians seem like mayflies. Soon - perhaps some time this century - we may have the technology for this. But if we had it, should we use it? Radical enhancement might seem like a gift, but could it become, as its critics warn, a poisoned chalice for individuals and a curse for human societies? In this fascinating book, Russell Blackford examines the pros and cons, bringing good humour, philosophical insight, and historical perspective to this most modern of modern debates.

The Athen um

In the history opinion and religious duty . ... which , in common lent itself to liberty or to tyranny , indifferently , people ; in the necessary increase ...

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ISBN: UIUC:30112042710415

Category:

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Opinion

OPINION ol . XX 25th MARCH 1980 No . 47 THE PUBLIC VOICE T HE thin man in the long black coat and black cap , standing fifth from 1 the head of the queue ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015076704884

Category: India

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The Opinion of Mankind

But politics was simultaneously an inherently dangerous activity, because it was always liable to slip into either the tyranny of the rulers, ...

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Author: Paul Sagar

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691178882

Category: Philosophy

Page: 280

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How David Hume and Adam Smith forged a new way of thinking about the modern state What is the modern state? Conspicuously undertheorized in recent political theory, this question persistently animated the best minds of the Enlightenment. Recovering David Hume and Adam Smith's long-underappreciated contributions to the history of political thought, The Opinion of Mankind considers how, following Thomas Hobbes's epochal intervention in the mid-seventeenth century, subsequent thinkers grappled with explaining how the state came into being, what it fundamentally might be, and how it could claim rightful authority over those subject to its power. Hobbes has cast a long shadow over Western political thought, particularly regarding the theory of the state. This book shows how Hume and Smith, the two leading lights of the Scottish Enlightenment, forged an alternative way of thinking about the organization of modern politics. They did this in part by going back to the foundations: rejecting Hobbes's vision of human nature and his arguments about our capacity to form stable societies over time. In turn, this was harnessed to a deep reconceptualization of how to think philosophically about politics in a secular world. The result was an emphasis on the "opinion of mankind," the necessary psychological basis of all political organization. Demonstrating how Hume and Smith broke away from Hobbesian state theory, The Opinion of Mankind also suggests ways in which these thinkers might shape how we think about politics today, and in turn how we might construct better political theory.

Public Opinion

Civilization health and happiness destroyed by this tyranny of selfish weakness over is still so crude in its development that “ civilized .

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ISBN: UOM:39015030323557

Category: American periodicals

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Politics Through Literature

Popular government by public opinion provides an environment in which ... De Tocqueville perceived that the tyranny of a majority arises not alone from ...

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Author: Henry M. Holland

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015062374767

Category: African Americans

Page: 353

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Public Opinion and Democracy

REINVENTING SOCIAL CONTROL : FROM THE TYRANNY OF MAJORITY TO THE FEAR OF ALL As the concept of public opinion always referred to the political sphere ...

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Author: Slavko Splichal

Publisher: Hampton Press (NJ)

ISBN: UOM:39015050810160

Category: Political Science

Page: 424

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These essays examine the relationship between two concepts - public opinion and democracy - central to social and political theories. They deal with forms of political institutionalization of public opinion and the relationship between mass media, opinion polling and broader issues of democracy.

Romania Under the Tyranny of Small Figures

At least in the economic field there is no other issue about which everybody Oly . has an opinion . And everybody complains that Romania Under the tyranny ...

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Author: Ilie Șerbănescu

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSC:32106018765948

Category: History

Page: 324

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Ilie Serbanescu, a distinguished economist, launches a comprehensive study of the contemporary Romanian economy and its problems. He critically evaluates Romanian transition and the main issues facing the stability of the Romanian economy, and then proposes solutions to be undertaken by the Romanian government.