My research shows that when politicians use hate speech, it's not just empty rhetoric or political theater: Domestic terrorism increases, in the US and in other countries.
Dog whistles constitute coded language that only some voters can hear. But Trump does not hide his bigotry when talking about Mexican 'rapists,' the 'China virus' and 'law and order.'
A good public speaker needs to be able to write and deliver an effective speech as well as to improvise.
The decision confirms the steady march of employer control over workers' private views and activities, supported by courts and tribunals over many years.
From the football field to the library, this roundup of archival stories explores how the First Amendment applies to various aspects of our lives.
Social media is complicating Australia's implied constitutional right to political speech. Bernard Gaynor's case could offer more clarity.
Hoover abused his power as FBI director to serve presidents' interests. The reforms that followed were set up to prevent it from happening again.
The Conversation's experts annotate Treasurer Scott Morrison's 2017-18 budget speech.
Whatever you think of her politics, May's decision to rise above divisive tough talk was an admirable one.
While the US is reeling from rampant fake online news, political movements in Europe are using the internet as a powerful democratic symbol to win elections. Will cyber-optimism or pessimism win?
A good concession speech will use what rhetorical scholars call 'transcendent rhetoric,' which emphasizes conciliatory, unifying language.
President-elect Trump sounded very different from candidate Trump.
Why is figurative language more powerful – and what feelings exactly does it stir in an audience?
This psychologist has studied equivocation for years, but had to invent a new category for the prime minister's unique style.
The Athenian politician Cleon was one of the earliest demagogues. An effective, if vulgar speaker, he made extravagant promises and delivered extravagant accusations.
Plagiarism in public life is an ugly slight upon the intelligence and the trust of an audience.
The faultlines in democratic politics are clear. On one side is a system of democracy that is bad at making people feel represented. On the other are anti-politician performers like Donald Trump.
Many of the most commonly used election terms have a long linguistic history, stretching from ancient Rome to modern-day America and Australia.
As a political speaker, either you pick your key phrases or they get picked for you.
According to an expert in political rhetoric, we shouldn't underestimate the power of the candidates who can skillfully tap into voter resentments.