Time-waster of the day: September 26, 2011

Kenneth the page Bobby Jindal ’91 shows us how it’s done

Who needs TAPS 22: “Persuasive Communication” when you can just read BlogDailyHerald? This excerpt of the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer’s book The Art of Controversy gives thirty-eight ways to win an argument. Not all of the methods described there are advisable, but we’ll give Schopenhauer Brown-y points for being exhaustive. If, for example,  you were wondering how our country’s political leaders came about their superb oratorical skills, just take a look at tip number 38:

A last trick is to become personal, insulting and rude as soon as you perceive that your opponent has the upper hand. In becoming personal you leave the subject altogether, and turn your attack on the person by remarks of an offensive and spiteful character. This is a very popular trick, because everyone is able to carry it into effect.

So go take a look! You’ll be spitting out that folksy charm in no time.

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