2.2.1 Odd Couple: When Objective and Subjective Collide

By coupling an objective statement with a string of subjective statements, a speaker gives an impression of credibility to an opinion that’s no more substantial than his choice of salad dressing.

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2.1.1 Nadir or Normal?

Here is a simple, common, powerful way a message-bearer can bias the recipient without even deviating from objectivity.

Moderate Conservatives: Run away!!

I recently opined that the Republican Party should distance itself from Donald Trump and the radical right as quickly and as far as possible, as the only chance of preserving their party with anything like respectability. I have changed my mind. I think it is too late. Here is a new suggestion: Abandonment. Abandon the Republican…

1.1.1 Romney’s 47%

For practice, let’s apply the logical analysis I described in post 1.1 Truth Value vs Truth to Mitt Romney’s famous “47%” speech. (The transcript appears at the bottom of this post.) In September 2012, when he was running for President against incumbent Barack Obama, Romney spoke at a private fundraising event in Boca Raton, Florida. Among other things,…

Trump Is Not Hitler

No, Trump is not Hitler. But then, in 1932, Hitler wasn’t Hitler either.