Conversation with Prof. Mausfeld, the author of “Why do the lambs remain silent?” – the most successful German university lecture of the 21st century

Demokratija Ideologijos kritika

Recommendation of the week

Professor Rainer is probably the best-known German intellectual today, despite being left behind by the mass media. He himself would probably have been the last to suspect that his lectures would reach an audience of millions at the age of 68. It is quite evident, however, that its content, illustrated by the now well-known political metaphor of the “silent lambs”, is a key to understanding our time. It’s as if we’ve had a dark suspicion for years and eventually someone voiced it – our democracy is nowhere near as democratic as it is being sold to us.

Here’s an Interview with Professor Rainer Mausfeld translated into english and his answers to the questions of the the role of the media, policy and elites in our democracy. And more interesting insights.

To the conversation with Prof. Mausfeld (English subtitles)

Mausfeld’s lecture “Why do the lambs remain silent? On democracy, psychology, and the ruling elite’s methods for managing public opinion as well as public indignation” not only had more than 4 million listeners, his book with the same title also took top positions for months in the German bestseller list. All of this without a single mass media review!
We at believe that Professor Mausfeld’s lecture can contribute significantly to understanding our present. We are therefore working on making his most important lecture accessible in Lithuanian. For advice, support, etc., we are always available at

Andreas Rodenbeck

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