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Disguising extremism as common sense

An argument that relies on this rhetorical ploy–that gets to avoid defending its weakest points, and obscures differences and logical links between different beliefs–is exactly what we need to avoid. In order to formulate intelligent policy, we must seek to elevate reason over rhetoric–and always be wary of the motte and bailey.

Socialism, rhetoric and American politics

Aimee Trujillo ’15 and Johnathan Bowes ’15 take on the rhetoric of socialism. Trujillo declares that socialism has become an insult in American politics but should be picked up by progressives as a labeling of their values, when conducted through a democracy. Bowes disagrees finding that socialism must be tied to tyranny. Yet he too concludes that the word is overuse, weakening its true power.