- Paperback: 298 pages
- Publisher: Green Hall Books; 1 edition (March 17, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0999823701
- ISBN-13: 978-0999823705
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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Political Mind Games: How the 1% Manipulate Our Understanding of What's Happening, What's Right, and What's Possible Paperback – March 17, 2018
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Roy Eidelson, PhD, has been a practicing clinical, research, and political psychologist for over thirty years. His work focuses on applying psychological knowledge and principles to issues of social justice and political change. The former executive director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, Eidelson is a member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology and an outspoken advocate in opposing torture and restoring psychology’s commitment to do-no-harm ethics. He is also a past president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility and a recipient of the organization’s Anthony J. Marsella Prize for the Psychology of Peace and Social Justice. In addition to Political Mind Games, Eidelson has published dozens of articles in scholarly peer-reviewed journals, and his writing has appeared in outlets including the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Eidelson is married with three grown children and lives in the Philadelphia area. Follow him online at www.royeidelson.com and @royeidelson.
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The amazing amount of information that Dr. Eidelson has compiled and organized into psychological arguments needs to be carefully considered in order to be dismantled. The hundreds of concrete examples in his book of actions taken by plutocrats to further the extreme disparity of wealth in our country cannot be ignored. This is a critical time in our country’s history. We need every possible mechanism to stop the current direction of our country. Dr. Eidelson offers us valuable information as a means to do so.
Those of us who know Eidelson principally as an academic writer will be gratified by his ability in this text to articulate complex social relationships in simple and memorable prose. The 202-page text though is followed by 71 pages of small-print references, upholding his standards of precision and accountability.
Read as much as you can in these busy days, but do not omit Eidelson's last chapter, "Countering the Mind Games - Building a Better Society." Here we learn how awareness of the manipulations of (witting and unwitting) predators and awareness of the vulnerabilities of the (witting and unwitting) oppressed can bring new life and good practice to our efforts toward social justice and well being. Reaching back six decades, I recall how a magician extracted a nickel from the ear of every child in my school auditorium. Eidelson is the magician now who gives each reader their own nickel.
I organised the first group meeting beginning at 17h00 and to finish at 22h00. However, we did not finish until 2h00 the next morning. They all agreed to return the next day beginning at noon until we finished. Most of the participants were those who had lived in at least (2) cultures and some had lived in (4) four. This made Roy's questions much easier to navigate as most were used to different types of propaganda and different rules and could readily compare the systems.
The main conclusion was that Globalisation's Globalists were now coming in for the kill. They no longer want or need educated people as that does not serve their interests. Instead, their focus is on 'equality' defined in a way were we are not to look at the 1%'s rigging of the system and the buying of politicians granted them by Citizens United. We are also not to consider the 5 men who own more property than 1/2 of the world's population. The 1%, as we know, owns most of the world. They do not want us in it. We all agreed on that.
It's my opinion that this book should be used for any educational purpose in any subject where it can be discussed.
It is a book to share, to discuss and most of all, to learn from each other about each other. Most likely, any group will come to different conclusions depending on their maturity, education and experience in the world. It is one of the best books we have had the pleasure of using to understand our situation in this world.