Orwell on Political Speech

Excerpts from Politics and the English Language by George Orwell, 1946 The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies ‘something not desirable’. The words democracy, socialism, freedom, patriotic, realistic, justice have each of them several different meanings which cannot be reconciled with one another. In the case of a word …

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Jefferson on the Inequality of Property

Thomas Jefferson to James Madison 28 Oct. 1785, Fontainebleau, Paris, France Papers 8:681--82 I set out yesterday morning to take a view of the place. For this purpose I shaped my course towards the highest of the mountains in sight, to the top of which was about a league. As soon as I had got …

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Aristotle on the Inequality of Property

Politics by Aristotle. Written in 350 BCE Book 2 Our purpose is to consider what form of political community is best of all for those who are most able to realize their ideal of life. We must therefore examine not only this but other constitutions, both such as actually exist in well-governed states, and any …

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The Powell Memo – Full Transcript

Introduction In 1971, Lewis Powell, then a corporate lawyer and member of the boards of 11 corporations, wrote a memo to his friend Eugene Sydnor, Jr., the Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The memorandum was dated August 23, 1971, two months prior to Powell’s nomination by President Nixon to the U.S. Supreme Court. …

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Marco Rubio: Welfare for me and my people, not you!

Recently, Politico magazine did a profile story on Marco Rubio. Immediately after, friends asked me to weight in and give my opinion of the article and Rubio himself. What I thought was going to be a a simple response turned into something much more lengthily and insightful. I think it turned out pretty well, so …

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Modern Republicanism and its Liberal Forefathers

Elections are around the corner and, as always, all talk will be centered around the Republican and Democratic parties, others need not waste their time. Party candidates will take a position in the great political spectrum of Conservative vs. Liberal ideology and lay personal claims to this creed of "right vs. left". These regularly scheduled …

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How Art Made the World : Art of Persuasion

In this BBC series from 2004, Dr Nigel Spivey investigates everything from cave paintings to ceramics, pyramids to palaces and icons to artifacts across five continents and 100,000 years of history. The leaders of most modern countries exploit a powerful political tool - the power of images. These techniques, in fact, were invented thousands of …

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