A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense

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A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense

By Normand Baillargeon; Charb (Illustrator); Andrea Schmidt (Translator)

Seven Stories Press, Paperback, 9781583227657, 335pp.

Publication Date: February 5, 2008

What is the relationship between democracy and critical thinking? What must a citizen in a democracy know to make the word democracy meaningful? In A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense, historian and educator Normand Baillargeon provides readers with the tools to see through the spin and jargon of everyday politics and news reporting in order to decide for themselves what is at stake and how to ask the necessary questions to protect themselves from the manipulations of the government and the media. Whether the issue be the call to what we're told will be a bloodless war, the "debate" around Intelligent Design, or the meaning of a military expenditure, Baillargeon teaches readers to evaluate information and sort fact from official and media spin.

About the Author
Normand Baillargeon has written a great many articles and books on a wide variety of topics: education, philosophy, anarchism, poetry, politics, and economics. When he finds the time, he enjoys watching YouTube videos of Bobby Orr, his favourite player. To this day, he holds a grudge against everyone who deliberately attacked Orr's knee, ordered this to be done, or looked the other way when it was done.

ANDREA SCHMIDT, M.A., is a school teacher, herbalist and expert in cross-cultural studies. She lives in South-East Austria and is sharing her knowledge in seminars and presentations. Visit her website at www.zurueckzudenwurzeln.at