An Essay on ‘Framing’ and Fanaticism: Propaganda Strategies for Linguistic Manipulation

Propaganda and Argument In his brilliant classic, Propaganda, French philosopher Jacques Ellul explains that the stereotype—a key tool of propagandists— “helps [humans] to avoid thinking, to take a personal position, to form [their] own opinion.” The problem for a political system is that stereotypes do not require thought as opposed to acceptance and allegiance. They …

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The Legal Scholar as Propagandist

Let’s begin by considering Albert Camus’ observation about the need for the scholar to keep sufficient distance from the heated conditions of society in order to retain the clear perspective required to fulfill the traditional ideals of the university—those being the creation of original knowledge and the refinement, preservation and application of the best existing …

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Clinics, Skills, Employment and the Education of ‘Young Ministers of Justice’

With the recent analysis from Jason Yackee about how from a statistical standpoint law school clinics do not appear to offer a positive employment “bump” to graduating law students, the competing sides in legal academia comprised of those who advocate expanding clinics and skills courses as integral “experiential” parts of a quality legal education and …

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