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Turning Amnesia into Condemnation

The current Senate hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the US Supreme Court have put the court of public opinion on full display. And both sides are strenuously using rhetorical tactics to win their case.

One such tactic has become especially conspicuous – the misrepresentation of statements.  Perhaps the most prominent example pertains to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation … Read more

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The United States is No “Democracy”

The American system of government is routinely referred to as a “democracy.” Indeed it is a virtual stock term found everywhere in American public discourse. The Corpus of Contemporary American English, consisting of 560 million words from five genres (speech, fiction, popular magazines, newspapers, and academic texts) collected during the period 1990-2017, counts 1565 instances of “democracy” paired with … Read more