Tag: George Washington

Democracy and the Media: The relationship between Public Relations industry and democratic process.

The four-part documentary series The Century of the Self captures the rise of one of the definitive industries of the 20th century, namely, Public Relations (PR). The term Public Relations is somewhat of a euphemism, for far from maintaining healthy relations with consumers the industry actually acts against their interests. It is true that the role of PR is to keep the public contended, but the problem lies in the means it adopts to achieve this end. Instead of addressing genuine public grievances through transparent sharing of information, PR firms specialize in manufacturing misinformation and spinning dubious facts.

The Century of the Self exposes how thorough and scientific the PR industry has become. In its early days the industry concerned itself with selling products by highlighting its features. However, quite soon, as the Unique Selling Propositions (USPs) of competing products decreased, the only way of distinguishing products was through their perceptions. This . . . Read More

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How did George Washington’s understanding of military tactics and geography helped defeat the British?

George Washington is one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. He played a key role in the events leading up to the Declaration of Independence and also in the military confrontation that followed. Washington did not have any formal training in military and his experience in running military campaigns was also limited. Yet it is fair to say that he led the fledgling American army to victory over the more powerful and experienced British forces.

Washington’s early experience as a surveyor gave him an understanding of terrain and navigation within the terrain. His expertise in this field would later come in handy in devising strategies against British troops. Washington also gained valuable military experience when he participated in the battle for domination of the upper Ohio Valley. Later, when the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed, the Congress unanimously authorized Washington to the post of Commander-in Chief of the Continental Army. His . . . Read More

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George Washington’s Farewell Address

George Washington’s farewell address has now become a masterpiece of American political literature, alongside writings by other founding fathers such as Benjamin Franklin, Tom Paine and Thomas Jefferson. It is even comparable in significance to the farewell address by President Dwight Eisenhower, who famously forewarned about the dangers of “military-industrial complex” dominating the political landscape.

Washington suggests that the US should avoid long-term military alliances with other nations, a principle which led him to issue the Proclamation of Neutrality during his Presidency as well as enacting the Neutrality Act of 1794. But the political realities of today are the opposite of neutrality. For example, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization which was formed by Western Democracies in the wake of the Cold War, continues to function and expand even today, despite the collapse of the Soviet Union. Furthermore, an often repeated tenet of the Bush Doctrine is . . . Read More

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What historically inspired Patrick Henry to write the speech “Give me liberty or give me death”?

Patrick Henry is still regarded as the ‘Homer of Orators’ within the American literary canon.  He is most renowned for his words ‘Give me Liberty or Give me Death’ which he uttered to his followers on the eve of the Declaration of Independence.  A recently taken public opinion poll by Gallup found that nearly one in two American associate Patrick Henry with his heroic oratory.  According to the poll results, he stands alongside Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt as one of the most inspiring public . . . Read More

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