Rhetorical Capture

An argument which is expressed with such rhetorical panache that the arguer convinces himself and everyone else that it is correct.

A variant is the case of the person whose rhetoric is so powerful that he or she is only able to make life choices which live up to it; the mundane and the merely sensible are ruled out, with unintended consequences.


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Hypocrisy, Balletic Debate, Emotional Argument, Harebrain Fracture, Metamorphosis, Icon.

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David Fleming
Dr David Fleming (2 January 1940 – 29 November 2010) was an economist, historian and writer, based in London. He was among the first to reveal the possibility of peak oil's approach and invented the influential TEQs scheme, designed to address this and climate change. He was also a significant figure in the development of the UK Green Party, the Transition Towns movement and the New Economics Foundation, as well as a Chairman of the Soil Association. His wide-ranging independent analysis culminated in two critically acclaimed books, Lean Logic and Surviving the Future. A film about his perspective and legacy - The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation? - was released in 2019, directed by BAFTA-winning director Peter Armstrong. For more information, including on Lean Logic, click the little globe below!

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