Category Archives: The War or Terror

The Terms of the Argument

He who defines the terms of the argument wins the argument. Everyone knows that. All you have to say is look, what we’re really talking about here isn’t what you think it is, it’s really this other thing – and … Continue reading

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The Words We Use and Now Don’t Use

Man is the language animal – we alone have words, words that remove us from the immediate now, so we can talk with each other about the past and what we now think really happened, and about the future and … Continue reading

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