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Political Rhetoric

The rise of a conspiracy candidate

The Conversation US | Posted 09.20.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Lauren Griffin, University of Florida The political and social climate in the United States has become increasingly fertile ground for conspiracy the...


Jonathan Haber | Posted 07.27.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

The big political news from last week was the Republican nominating convention and, if you judge the importance of stories based on time spent spinning in the news cycle, it seems as though the Yugist Event was Trump's spouse allegedly lifting words from Obama's during her brief speech at the start of the event.

Is She a Crook?

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

For the first time in our history a woman is the nominee of one of the two major political parties. This is a big deal. We should celebrate. Hillary isn't perfect, but neither were any of the 44 presidents who preceded her.

Identity-Based Violence in the United States

Michael Piraino | Posted 06.13.2016 | Crime
Michael Piraino

If you are worried about violence getting out of hand in American, you may be missing a key point. It is true that violent crimes have been steadily declining. Between 1964 and 1991, the rate of violent crime in the United States quadrupled. Then, rates entered a period of steady decline, falling by almost 50 percent.

Argumentation From Outrage

Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

I'm not sure what it means for our republic that a fallacy such as Argumentation from Outrage is on the verge of supplanting the whole package of logical and rhetorical techniques designed to construct a sound argument and then present it in a compelling manner. But I'm pretty sure it doesn't mean nothing.  

Nationalism Is Rising, Not Fascism

George Friedman | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
George Friedman

Fascism is far more than racism, tinkering with the judiciary, or staging a violent demonstration. We are seeing a return to nationalism because it is not clear to many that internationalism, as followed since World War II, benefits them any longer.

How Christian Conservatives Learned to Love Donald Trump

Cynthia Burack | Posted 05.24.2016 | Religion
Cynthia Burack

In the early months of the primary season, Donald Trump's personal reputation and his awkward attempts to bond with Christian conservatives persuaded political pundits that he'd be unlikely to attract the support of "values voters." The pundits were wrong.

Color Coded

Poetry Foundation | Posted 05.23.2016 | Books
Poetry Foundation

On the poetics of Donald Trump, the progress of poetry, and reverse racism By Jaswinder Bolina When the blond girl shouted "Hey!" and ran over to sto...

The Meaning of "Black Lives Matter"

Frank H. Wu | Posted 05.10.2016 | Education
Frank H. Wu

I wonder why so many people are incensed by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Or to be precise, why so many white people are angered by the prote...

For Law Students: What Is Versus What Ought to Be

Frank H. Wu | Posted 05.02.2016 | Education
Frank H. Wu

Perhaps the most important intellectual point law students must learn to be effective in the profession is the difference between the descriptive and ...

Engaging Your Opponent

Jonathan Haber | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

t's probably too late to get candidates with a head of steam to start using rhetorical devices that still allow them to control debate while actually taking on the substantial issues they are supposed to be engaging with. But perhaps it is not too late for the rest of us to do so.

This Election's Teaching Our Kids Bad Habits

Michael Winship | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

It's undeniable that the anger that stalks the landscape has roots in real despair. But the tone of this election, the bullying, the lack of civility is punishing not only ourselves but, it turns out, our kids.

An Odd Thing Happens When Presidential Candidates Use Emotional Language

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.21.2016 | Science

Angry, inflammatory rhetoric is the bread and butter of Donald Trump's speeches, which are full of language that's arguably less presidential than any...


Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.14.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

One of mankind's great passions (and fantasies) is the hope that we can both predict and control the future. And never does this belief become more fashionable -- and expensive -- than during a Presidential election.

When the Poetry of Campaigning Becomes a Cheesy, Dirty Limerick

Michael Winship | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

For a politician or a journalist, there was a time when citing the classics -- as long as it wasn't done in a pedantic or pompous manner -- was a mark of wisdom and experience. If a candidate or reporter does it today, there's a good chance they'll be trolled and ridiculed for high-handed pretension. Cue Donald Trump shouting, "Loser!"

WATCH: Getting Them to See Your Point

Brad Yates | Posted 02.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Brad Yates

As the political rhetoric heats up - and the debates between not only candidates but also their supporters becomes less and less civil (especially on ...

America Inc?

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Jeffrey P. Colin

For some time now, there has been a constant stream of nonsensical assertions about the nature of and proposed course for America's future, from people in political and business "spheres of influence."

The Top Five Religion Trends to Watch in 2016

Megan Sweas | Posted 02.19.2016 | Religion
Megan Sweas

Below are five trends that we are watching, paired with headlines you might see in The Onion in 2016. In other words, don't take our "predictions" too seriously. But there's often great truth in satire.

Terrorism as Cancer and Vice Versa: Of Waving Fists and Forgotten Gloves

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.30.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Terrorism is commonly, and aptly, I think, compared to cancer. Generally, however, those making the association fail to follow where the logic of it l...

Hanukkah and Beyond: Time for Americans to Reclaim Our Story

Rabbi Rachel Gartner | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Gartner

Now is the time to find the language that will reclaim our national spirit -- which like the ancient Temple in the story of Hanukkah, has been shamefully tarnished and profaned by the toxic rhetoric of the day.

The Hateful Rhetoric Must Stop

Christine Charbonneau | Posted 12.30.2015 | Women
Christine Charbonneau

People don't forget these statements, and some even take them at face value. And why shouldn't they? At that level you would expect them to be accurate. This is not the case. Instead, we are seeing an alarming increase from irresponsible presidential candidates, as well as lawmakers, in hateful rhetoric and smear campaigns against abortion providers and patients over the last few months.

The Rhetorical Brilliance of Trump the Demagogue

The Conversation US | Posted 12.12.2015 | Politics
The Conversation US

Trump possesses an arrogance and volatility that makes most voters recoil. So how has he maintained a grip on a segment of the Republican base that - at least, for now - seems unshakable?

In Fear We Trust

Ronda Lee | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Ronda Lee

Every four years, our great nation descends into an abyss of chaos. Our election cycle brings out the worst in us. In 2010, I came across this quote f...

Political Tone and the Faith Community: Can We Close the Divide?

Dan Glickman | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Dan Glickman

We have so many things to be thankful for as Americans, and I think most folks will probably be thankful that they can turn away from the rhetoric and often mean tone of the campaign, at least for the family celebration of Thanksgiving.

The Spirit of the Commander

Yael Wissner-Levy | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Yael Wissner-Levy

In an environment where the spirit, the ruach, of the commander is the one calling the shots, the rhetoric is the only thing we can cling on to. It won't move mountains, but it will install a discourse of hope.