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The Heart as Well as the Head

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Guile is Good! -- the Book (excerpts) / Heroes

“The brain may devise laws for the blood, but a hot temper leaps o’er a cold decree.” (Merchant of Venice,Act I Scene ii, ll. 18-19) Shakespeare here voices a view of the relationship between reason, passion, and law that still rules our discussions today. Law and reason are partners; passion is their enemy. This image supports the idea of the lawyer as a “cool” technician creating sophisticated legal schemes much like a computer engineer spins […]

The Guileful Gipper

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Book/film List / Guile is Good! -- the Book (excerpts)

In his excellent history of American politics in the 70’s,The Invisible Bridge, Rick Perlstein shows us a side of Ronald Reagan I was not aware of —Reagan the master rhetorician. Political pros like Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford scorned Reagan as a “lightweight,” but Reagan never doubted his own abilities—especially his communication skills. When a reporter challenged him to explain how he expected to be elected president proposing the same positions on issues like welfare […]