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The 100 by Jeremy Kourdi, Simon Maier

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Introduction

 

In 1896 Henry Hardwicke wrote: “Oratory is the parent of liberty. By the constitution of things it was ordained that eloquence should be the last stay and support of liberty, and that with her she is ever destined to live, to flourish and to die. It is to the interest of tyrants to cripple and debilitate every species of eloquence. They have no other safety. It is, then, the duty of free states to foster oratory.”

In recent years, we both realized that oratory (composing and delivering a speech in public) and rhetoric (the art of using language as a means to persuade) were making something of a return. We had talked often about their demise and the reasons for it. But politicians, particularly in the United States, were beginning ...

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