Fake news for the American Revolution: An attempt at character assassination of George Washington
TIJDSCHRIFT VOOR GESCHIEDENIS (The Netherlands) 134.2 (2021) 254-267 https://doi.org/10.5117/tVg2021.2.006.shir (In English)
How Russia Plans to Navigate Through a Post-Virus World (with Konstantin Khudoley).
The National Interest
Russian leaders continue to believe their country belongs to the global decisionmaking club and relentlessly backs the idea of a new “concert” of great powers.
"Amnesty, Abortion, and Acid": Why Negative Campaigning Works.
The Washington Examiner
When the Nixon campaign in 1972 made use of the “three A’s” used to describe the politics of its opponent, George McGovern — “amnesty (for draft dodgers), abortion, and acid” — this offensive labeling was not necessarily meant to scare away McGovern’s die-hard supporters. They all were committed to vote for him regardless of persistent character attacks against “their guy.”
Destined for Character Attacks: A National History of Ugly Rhetoric.
The Washington Examiner
As a characteristic of human thinking, we tend to believe in the uniqueness of our time. This mindset dominates our discussion of politics, too. We assume that we live during the nastiest, ugliest, and most uncivilized period of American politics. Are the nonstop character attacks in presidential politics and elections worse than ever? Not really, no. In fact, vicious character attacks against presidential candidates are as old as campaigns themselves.
Global Knowledge Warfare: Using Strategic Imagination to Harness Uncertainty and Fear (with Holger Mölder)
The Cipher Brief.
Pandemics remind us also about the threats of biological weapons: viruses can be weaponized. Knowledge too can be weaponized and used by states to project their power. In fact, disinformation has been a tool in foreign policy for centuries.
Salieri vs. Mozart: Wrongfully Attacked?
The composer Antonio Salieri (1750-1825) could not have even thought about becoming one of the most noticeable victims of character assassination after his death. He had a dynamic and fruitful musical life while serving as Kapellmeister to the emperor of Austria. Yet Salieri is known today to most people as a man who .... READ
On Our Terminology
When we began our endeavor several years ago, we were focusing—distinctively and persistently—on the most recognizable, the most central, and the catchiest term of our young project: character assassination.....
The Character Assassination of Robert Bork
Was the Bork case an example of character assassination? There is little doubt that Robert Bork, as a judge and a public figure, was socially and politically conservative. No doubt, his opponents relentlessly and even fiercely attacked his political and legal views. However, all the critical words the opponents used, the images they produced, the metaphors they coined — do these words and images qualify as typical character attacks? Or were they all legitimate, substantive criticisms of Bork’s political and social views?