Hyperbole, Etc.

GOOD MORNING! to students of life, and the communications media, history, and political science.*

There’s no class today, but here is some homework to read on your own and maybe discuss with one another while practicing social distancing.

HERE is an example of the ad hominem and the kind of writing one can do when not restrained by editors and publishers of the controlled media. It’s by the Australian commentator Caitlin Johnstone.

HERE is an example of hyperbole as well as the kind of writing one can do when not restrained by editors and publishers of the controlled news media. It’s by upstate New Yorker and aging upstart James Howard Kunstler,

The Kunstler entry, valid as much of it seems to be, leaves out the possibility that the people running the Democratic Party will be doing that whether “the Democrats” win or lose the presidency or the House or the Senate—they win either way. This includes the hypothesis that the United States has a one-party system with two heads, one called the Democrats and one called the Republicans. Which may be why there are so many “independents,” or unenrolled voters, and nonvoters, and Greens and Libertarians.

Getting back to today’s assignment, Kunstler and Johnstone routinely employ both hyperbole and the ad hominem, and the above entries are no exception.

Anyone might ask what this has to do with 9/11 truth. For extra credit, you can compose an answer and email or text it in.

— Mark Channing Miller

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* “Political Science” is the title of THIS 1972 song by Randy Newman.

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