By Adam Garfinkle, David Brooks
Writing good, and persuasively, isn't just a self-discipline that may be discovered, it really is one deeply rooted within the classical arts of rhetoric and polemic. This e-book introduces the fundamental talents, principles, and steps for generating potent political prose acceptable to many contexts, from the editorial, the op-ed, and the polemical essay to others either weighty and possible mild.
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4, pp. 458–61. , The Rhetoric of Aristotle (New York: Prentice Hall, 1960). D. , New York: Routledge, 2004), ch. ” Ernst Cassirer, An Essay on Man: An Introduction to a Philosophy of Human Culture (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1944). Writing Exercise Collect three English-language deﬁnitions of the term rhetoric from three different centuries, and then compare and contrast them in a maximum 500-word essay. 2 BECOMING A BETTER WRITER Before getting down to the speciﬁcs of political persuasion, let’s begin with some basic observations about writing well—even when the subject and purpose have little or nothing to do with politics.
How much time do you spend on Facebook and other social networking sites? How much time do you spend watching television? These are colossal squanderings of your precious time—especially television, because it is the most passive in its essential nature. The concept of opportunity costs is relevant here. Every hour you spend watching television is not just an hour spent watching television; it is an hour not spent either studying or doing something intellectually useful, such as practicing a musical instrument or getting some exercise.
But Admiral Kimmel’s famous ﬁrst reaction was not that the attack did not happen, but that it could not happen. He saw before his eyes the ﬂames and destruction, but he still insisted that what was happening could not be happening. He was not crazy in any conventional sense; rather, he was momentarily disoriented by acute emotional ataxia—in this case by assaults of guilt and fear. In a way, his state of mind brieﬂy ﬂirted with a mode of magical thinking characteristic of humankind during hunter-gatherer times, or of those in the grasp of certain hallucinogenic drugs.
Political Writing: A Guide to the Essentials by Adam Garfinkle, David Brooks