21: Faith and PropagandaUp one level
September 1995: Why talk about faith? Why propaganda? And why together?
- Introduction: Bad Subjects, Bad Faith
Annalee Newitz, Matt Wray
Why talk about faith? Why propaganda? And why together? What possible connections do these notions evoke? At Bad Subjects, we feel the time has come for those on the Left to take another look at these two ideas and practices, one an ancient form of belief, the other a modern 20th century invention.
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