According to Plato and Aristotle, a "sophist" is a greedy person who uses rhetoric and ambiguous language to either deceive or to support false reasoning.
The Trump administration folks talk about "Fake News," which they seem to define as any news they don't like.
Is our new president a Jedi? Obi-Don Kenobi?
Trump's promise to serve all Americans - as he surely must know - is impossible.
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."
In 1962, as an 18-year-old freshman at OSU, I was introduced to the question of whether history was progressive...
Every semester for 15 years, I have been privileged to address high school classes as part of a general introduction to various political/radical groups.
Lately we have been hearing a lot about "Confirmation Bias," believing things that support what we already believe and rejecting things that don't.
Let's start by saying that I have a negative view of Libertarians, or at least of some people who identify themselves as Libertarians.
I'm not afraid that Donald Trump might be elected President. No, I'm depressed...
Are you familiar with Pat Robertson? He's what my Dad used to call a "sky pilot": i.e., if you get on his plane, he'll fly you to the Pearly Gate.
Last time I suggested that not everyone is a hypocrite who rants against big government, intrusive regulations, social programs/taxes, redistribution of wealth, and The Debt.
In a discussion with a friendly Conservative gentleman, it was suggested that in my writing I assumed to know and criticize the motivations of those with whom I disagreed.
Ted Cruz and various Talking Heads, among others, are saying Donald Trump isn't a "real Conservative."
We hear Republican politicians, "conservative" media talkers, letter-writers to editors, and at least one local minister all asserting that the poor and needy are lazy takers... They have it backwards.
Some Republicans like to accuse Democrats of giving "free stuff" to people to buy their votes.
In my experience Presidential candidates are expected, early on, to be more extreme.
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