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IN PERSON: Have You No Sense of Decency? Shame in American Politics

Event Description

From the use of pillories and stocks in colonial America to the rise of “cancel culture,” use of shame as a weapon has a long history in the United States. And it has been used to mixed effect in the political arena when used to target politicians and their supporters. 

Professor Carolyn Long examines the rise of shamelessness in American politics and the use of shame against those with whom we disagree. When shame is used to demonize others, does it contribute to political polarization? Are shame and shamelessness equally destructive to our politics and society? Can shame be used effectively in politics without demonizing the person being shamed? And if this is the case, how can we fix this and improve our political discourse?

  • When
  • June 7, 2024
    4:00 pm
  • Where
  • Bayview Community Hall
    5642 Bayview Rd Langley, WA 98260 United States
  • Who
  • Carolyn Long
  • Host
  • Whidbey Island Democratic Club
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