Harold Dwight Lasswell

Harold Dwight
Lasswell
1902
1978

American Political Science Innovator, Yale Professor of Law

Author Quotes

The essential mark of the agitator is the high value which he places on the emotional response of the public. Whether he attacks or defends social institutions is a secondary matter. The agitator has come by his name honestly, for he is enough agitated about public policy to communicate his excitement to those around him.

Politics is the study of who gets what, when, and how.

Dogma is a defensive reaction against doubt in the mind of the theorist, but doubt of which he is unaware.

Propaganda as a mere tool is no more moral or immoral than a pump handle....the only effective weapon against propaganda on behalf of one policy seems to be propaganda on behalf of an alternative.

Political science without biography is a form of taxidermy.

Crisis demands dictatorship, centralization, concentration, obedience, and bias. Intercrisis permits concessions toward democracy, decentralization, dispersion, originality, and objectivity.

Author Picture
First Name
Harold Dwight
Last Name
Lasswell
Birth Date
1902
Death Date
1978
Bio

American Political Science Innovator, Yale Professor of Law