Friday, July 15, 2011


Anthony Daniels' review of Gordon Brown's memoir in The New Criterion notes approaches you might notice used elsewhere.

Regarding his role in the recent financial crisis, "His technique of self-exculpation is to aggregate the predicaments of all countries as if they were the same in all respects. His basic rhetorical strategies, employed consciously or not, are suppressio veri and suggestio falsi. Of course, aggregation without distinction implies that the financial crisis was more like an unforeseeable natural event than an event caused by human conduct; or that, if there was fault, it was shared equally by all leaders. If I am guilty, Mr. Brown says, I am no more guilty than anyone else. And I was the one who saved the world from its (not my) folly."

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