Wish I'd said that - October 21, 2016

In the 1930s “Britain and France had come to prefer as leaders the rhetoricless businessman type. And while they had emasculated themselves, there appeared an evil lover to whom Europe all but succumbed before the mistake was seen and rectified. For while the world must move, evil rhetoric is of more force than no rhetoric at all… Britain was losing and could only lose until, reaching back in her traditional past, she found a voice [Churchill] which could match his accents with a truer grasp of the potentiality of things. Thus two men conspicuous for passion fought a contest for souls, which the nobler won. But the contest could have been lost by default.”

Richard Weaver The Ethics of Rhetoric

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