Language and politics

The choice of words, the combination and flow of words, can change the course of events. Words can be emotive, singly and in combination, and emotion is the stuff of politics. As the ancients well knew, the art of oratory, the use of words in politics, can be employed effectively not only in big situations – Demosthenes against Philip of Macedon, Churchill against Hitler, Lincoln to save a united America – but also in personal encounter and bargaining.

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