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Propaganda and Roadside Help: A Rheticon

In 1942, when Hardin Craig retired from Stanford University at age 67, he was as famous as a Renaissance literary scholar can get. Yet he kept on teaching. In 1960 he was on the English faculty at the University of Missouri, 84 years old. That year I was taking the last course in Shakespeare that Craig taught there. So I … Read more

Daily Rhetricks

Talk of Anti-Semitism is filled with doublespeak and doublethink

Criticism of a government’s policies is not a  condemnation of all people in the country or all people who share ethnic or religious affinities with people in the country, even if the government claims it speaks for all of them.  It doesn’t speak for me.
Nor is criticism of a political pressure group that supports that government through financial means … Read more
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The Trumpian Slip

At today’s National Prayer Breakfast, Donald Trump’s speech included this excerpt:

“Since the founding of our nation, many of our greatest strides, from gaining our independence to abolition of civil rights, to extending the vote to women, have been led by people of faith and started in prayer.  When we open our hearts to faith, we fill our hearts with … Read more