While Reason Slept

Program Number: 2965

Program Date: 04/11/2019

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Thomas F. Brier, Jr., an attorney and author of the book, While Reason Slept, discusses the ideological origins of the Revolution, focusing specifically on the philosophies that inspired the Founders to revolt against tyranny and thereafter implement humankind’s first democratic republic. Inspired by history’s greatest thinkers—from Plutarch and Livy to John Locke and Montesquieu—the Founders came to understand that education was the lynchpin of self-government; that without education, citizens would not learn the ability to reason, and without the ability to reason, citizens would not be able to govern themselves. Somewhere along the way, however, America lost this focus on reason and education. Brier persuasively argues that America’s irrational transformation in this regard has its origins in the work of Edward Bernays, the forefather of modern propaganda (“the engineering of consent,” as he called it), whose Freudian tactics of mass manipulation have been misappropriated by every major influencer of the past century, from the American Tobacco Company, to the Third Reich, to Facebook. Only by confronting this reality, Brier argues, can America recapture the Founders’ hope for a rational Republic and thereby return to the ever-important goal of constructing a more perfect Union.

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Available in states

California, Colorado Eligible, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, New York - BOTH New and Experienced Attorneys, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 50-minute credit hour
60 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 60-minute credit hour

State Program Numbers

Credit Eligible for BOTH Experienced and New Attorneys in NY

Presenters


Thomas F. Brier, Jr., Esq.

Blank Rome LLP

Thomas F. Brier, Jr., an attorney and author of the book, While Reason Slept, discusses the ideological origins of the Revolution, focusing specifically on the philosophies that inspired the Founders to revolt against tyranny and thereafter implement humankind’s first democratic republic. Inspired by history’s greatest thinkers—from Plutarch and Livy to John Locke and Montesquieu—the Founders came to understand that education was the lynchpin of self-government; that without education, citizens would not learn the ability to reason, and without the ability to reason, citizens would not be able to govern themselves. Somewhere along the way, however, America lost this focus on reason and education. Brier persuasively argues that America’s irrational transformation in this regard has its origins in the work of Edward Bernays, the forefather of modern propaganda (“the engineering of consent,” as he called it), whose Freudian tactics of mass manipulation have been misappropriated by every major influencer of the past century, from the American Tobacco Company, to the Third Reich, to Facebook. Only by confronting this reality, Brier argues, can America recapture the Founders’ hope for a rational Republic and thereby return to the ever-important goal of constructing a more perfect Union.

 

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