I’ve got the mandate right here and it’s very, very clear.
cogito ergo imago
Just like 'the deficit' before it, this potent term can be used to justify all kinds of changes no one voted for.
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the October 9 presidential town hall debate.
An expert in political rhetoric singles out Trump's repeated use of reification – the tendency to treat people as things – and the role it's played in his tortured response to the leaked tape.
From Pericles to Trump, a good speech has been an integral part of the democratic process.
Australian politicians – unlike their American counterparts – have largely abandoned the art of stirring speeches. Good rhetoric doesn't equal good policy, but at least it's evidence of imaginative thinking.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gestures to supporters as he departs a Sept. 13 campaign rally in Clive, Iowa.
The same forces that drive belief in conspiracy theories are the ones driving the rise of Donald Trump. So it's no wonder that, less than two months until the election, he continues to dabble in and promote them.
Aristotle would laugh at Donald Trump – but despite breaking millennia-old rules of political speech, he's still storming ahead. Why?
What does it mean to be an American?
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Just who do we think we are? A social psychologist from Cal Poly Pomona explains why our national identity will define the election, and our future.
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Greensboro, North Carolina on June 15, 2016.
Two experts in political rhetoric explain how one candidate has used rhetorical devices like framing and 'argumentum in terrorem' to stoke fear and attract voters since the Orlando nightclub shooting.
Protesters shout outside the Republican National Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 12, 2016.
An expert on extremism sees parallels between the rhetoric of Trump's GOP and that used to mobilize violence in Iraq and Kenya.
Donald Trump fires up the crowd during a campaign rally in Warren, Michigan.
An expert in American political rhetoric highlights an extremely effective rhetorical device to which the controversial candidate often resorts.
All rhetorical techniques are designed to enhance one of the three pillars of communication: ethos, logos and pathos.
We all use rhetorical structures. But, unless we're skilled in their use, as politicians and advertisers clearly are, we don't necessarily grasp their full manipulative power.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz speaks at the Fox News debate in Des Moines, Iowa on January 28.
According to an expert in political rhetoric, we shouldn't underestimate the power of the candidates who can skillfully tap into voter resentments.
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina on December 4 2015.
An expert on American political rhetoric breaks down Donald Trump's rhetorical prowess, pointing to the various techniques the candidate has mastered.
Winston Churchill: a titan of oratory.
Political speeches can teach us a great deal about how to win over an audience – and we can all apply the simple lessons.
Hilary Benn, in the middle of his “tour de force” speech.
Hilary Benn's powerful intervention is bound to have some people thinking about the future of the party.
Benn gave an interesting reading of the Spanish Civil War.
The shadow foreign secretary certainly impressed when debating intervention in Syria – but he gave an odd account of the Spanish Civil War.
When the President of the United States burst into song on the weekend, music amplified the emotional force of his words.
Only a hard heart could fail to respond on some emotional level when Barack Obama, eulogising at one of the most emotionally and racially charged funerals in US history, started singing Amazing Grace.
Tony Abbott is offering logical evidence and emotional appeals, but the rhetorical problem is his own loss of credibility and authority.
“Is it me?” That was the question John Howard reportedly asked his cabinet colleagues as his government remained stubbornly behind in the polls in 2007. One of those colleagues, Tony Abbott, now confronts…
Integration was the talk of the town in the 60s too.
As the Rochester and Strood by-election approaches, raising the chances of another UKIP politician entering parliament, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has warned against getting caught in an “arms…
Noel Pearson’s speech has been hailed as one of the great Australian political speeches. What were its stylistic characteristics?
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Gough Whitlam was a prime minister unsuccessful in three of his five federal election campaigns, including 1975’s extremely divisive contest. Somehow, though, his death has sparked an outpouring of kind…
When a mosque is spray-painted with the word ‘Evil’ following last week’s raids, it’s a sign the community is getting the wrong message from the anti-terrorism campaign.
While Australia has rightly joined the international fight to bring down Islamic State (IS) terrorists, at home its anti-terror campaign is fuelling more problems. For example, following high-profile anti-terror…