A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense: Find Your Inner Chomsky

By Normand Baillargeon

Title note: unique name Petit cours d'autodéfense intellectuelle
Publish 12 months note: First released in 2005
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What is the connection among democracy and demanding considering? What needs to a citizen in a democracy recognize to make the note democracy significant?

In A brief path in highbrow Self-Defense, historian and educator Normand Baillargeon presents readers with the instruments to work out during the spin and jargon of daily politics and information reporting so one can make a decision for themselves what's at stake and the way to invite the required inquiries to shield themselves from the manipulations of the govt. and the media.

Whether the difficulty be the decision to what we’re informed might be a cold struggle, the "debate" round clever layout, or the that means of an army expenditure, Baillargeon teaches readers to judge details and type truth from reputable and media spin.

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