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The rhetoric of reaction

27 May 2005
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In Griffith REVIEW 8, People Like Us, Martin Krygier considers the consequences of rhetoric in politics and history. This 'rhetoric of reaction', born out of a desire to deny, divide and abuse, does considerable damage, Krygier writes. These devices - 'which preclude conversation, encourage people to retreat into likeminded communities, and lose touch with their shared humanity' - may serve a political purpose, but are of little long-term social utility. He re-analyses recent debates in Australia and Poland and finds striking parallels.

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