Sailer In TAKIMAG—Clinton and Merkel: Rhetorical Momentum vs. Diminishing Marginal Utility
March 02, 2016, 06:35 AM
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From my new column in Taki’s Magazine:
Rhetorical Momentum by Steve Sailer March 02, 2016

Last week, Hillary Clinton tweeted a line from her South Carolina primary victory speech:

“Instead of building walls, we need to be tearing down barriers. We need to show that we really are all in this together.” —Hillary in SC

Because the Democratic front-runner was clearly referring to Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, the literal interpretation would be that she was demanding the tearing down of the rather meager defenses currently dividing the United States from Latin America.

And that raises the question of who exactly are the “we” Hillary says “are all in this together.” Does Hillary’s “we” refer to Americans…or to anybody who shows up at those hateful border barriers?

Now, you might say that Hillary is an aged and cynical politician, and that whatever her speechifying, she wouldn’t actually do anything so stupid as to give encouragement to a flash mob from south of the border.

But you would have been tempted to say the same thing a year ago about the chancellor of Germany. Angela Merkel is just like Hillary, if Hillary were younger, smarter (Dr. Merkel has a doctorate in physical chemistry), more experienced (Merkel has been leader of her party for sixteen years and prime minister for ten), soberer, and self-made rather than running on her politically talented husband’s coattails.

Read the whole thing there.

My recent Taki’s Magazine columns have swung back and forth between elucidating general principles about how the contemporary world works (e.g., “T he Ultimate Minority Right”) and specific examples illustrating the principles. Often I’ll get started on a broad idea, but one example (e.g., Polish politics, OscarsSoWhite, or why Alexander Hamilton is more popular in Manhattan these days than Andrew Jackson) will prove so fertile it ends up being the entire column.

This is one of those general principle columns.

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