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Words Divide and Conquer: Political-legislative Language in International Arms-Dealing

In 2015, the US State Department signed a deal to sell Saudi Arabia 532 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles, 48 Harpoon Block II Missiles, and 188 Block II Rolling Airframe Missiles. By law the agreement had to be approved by Congress. Facilitating such approval is the function of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, an arm of the Department of Defense. So … Read more

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Daily Rhetrick: October 12, 2018

October 12, 2018

INTENSIFYING THE FLOATING SIGNIFIER

Yesterday at noon in the White House, surrounding by Jim Brown, Monique Brown, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and a crowd of reporters and camera people, Kanye West spoke for ten minutes straight, a monologue patched together with passages such as this:

“I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I was connected with a neuropsychologist … Read more

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Daily Rhetrick: October 11, 2018

October 11, 2018

UNACKNOWLEDGED PROJECTION

I can’t quote it exactly, but one of La Rouchefoucauld’s maxims goes something like this: The faults we see most readily in others are our own.

Today that personal dynamic is called projection. Projection is the unconscious psychological coping mechanism that foists off on others one’s own undesirable internal feelings. Yesterday in an articleRead more