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Martin Luther King Jr. and the ancient Greeks

Timothy Joseph | 15 February 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: classics, Martin Luther King Jr, rhetoric
Socrates and King both lost their lives and saw peaceful agitation as essential to their work.

#SOTU marks the end of the magic

Michael Cook | 14 January 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Barack Obama, rhetoric, same-sex marriage, State of the Union address
More respect and less rancour? Start with yourself, Mr President.

The rhetorical brilliance of Donald Trump

Jennifer Mercieca | 16 December 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: 2016 elections, Donald Trump, rhetoric
He has much in common with the great demagogues of the past.

I can’t handle being useful

Zac Alstin | 10 November 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: management, rhetoric, work
The language of management is often offensive, pompous, and demeaning. It's time for a spring cleaning.

Love in a time of unreality

Robert R. Reilly | 22 May 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: homosexuality, rhetoric, same-sex marriage

Hard cases make bad euthanasia laws

Paul Russell | 03 April 2014 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, rhetoric, terminal illness

Misogyny for the politically disenchanted

Zac Alstin | 02 November 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: Australia, feminism, misogyny, rhetoric
The Australian Prime Minister became an internet sensation after she denounced the misogyny of the Opposition Leader in Parliament. But does the word mean anything any more?

The audacity of pose

Alma Acevedo | 31 October 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: Barack Obama, election 2012, rhetoric
Soaring words are for the birds. You campaign with poetry, but you govern with prose.

Define disingenuous, please

Peter Saunders | 22 October 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: rhetoric, same-sex marriage, UK
Does being a Christian disqualify a public figure from participating in debates about government policy?

Why does the same-sex marriage debate seem so futile?

Michael Cook | 23 August 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: philosophy, rhetoric, same-sex marriage
We won't make any progress unless we unpack some of the fundamental issues.

Playing the man, not the ball

Zac Alstin | 26 April 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: philosophy, rhetoric, truth
Ad hominem arguments can be logical, but only after we have addressed the issue at hand.

Who’s afraid of the slippery slope?

Zac Alstin | 22 March 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: euthanasia, logical fallacies, rhetoric, same-sex marriage
"Slippery slope" arguments for issues like euthanasia or same-sex marriage are often labelled logical fallacies. Is this true?

Arguments for all seasons

Michael Cook | 16 September 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: bullying, homosexuality, paedophilia, rhetoric
Arguments for tolerance of homosexuality work equally well for paedophilia.

Sobering thoughts

Thomas C. Reeves | 21 July 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: Barack Obama, public debate, rhetoric
Criticism based on fact should be the common coin of public discourse, not misleading rumours.

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