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Elvira Arnoux–On a recent speech by Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina

I am posting this forĀ Elvira Narvaja de Arnoux, Professor Emerita of Linguistics and Sociology of Language at the University of Buenos Aires who has published widely in Spanish on political discourse. Her comments here indicate that replacement of truth by emotional “truthiness” noted by comedian Stephen Colbert is a widespread political phenomenon.

On a recent speech

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Commentators from Latin America

The countries of the Americas share much common history: Indigenous peoples, European colonizers, revolutions of independence, global immigration, racial and ethnic diversity, natural resources, wild and beautiful landscapes, hopes for the future invested in education, young and experimental societies. We also share periodically troubled democracies and monied oligarchies who attempt to control the ferment of these newly emergent lands.

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Everybody has got a story, but whose facts are credible?

One of the recent astonishing developments of our public discourse has been the rise of the commonplace that all facts just reflect points of view. There is no way to tell whose facts are better. The political right, especially, has seemed to have embraced academic theories of postmodernism, previously excoriated by these same forces as threats to Western civilization. These … Read more

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Where can we stand?

Some days watching the news I am outraged and ranting. Other days I am overtaken with ironies and dark laughter. Often, I am cynically analytical. Occasionally, hopeful. Some days, even poised for action. Other days I am just depressed about the future of our democracy, our country, and the planet. But whatever I feel, little comes of it, beyond cusses, … Read more