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Gorgias and Rhetoric“Socrates is setting the bar for political rhetoric very high. He is demanding not only that a politician not pander to the crowd but that he go to the opposite extreme to discipline it. And he judges the politicians of the past not by any worthwhile policies they may have pursued, but solely by whether they left their fellow citizens better human beings than they found them.” — Joe Sachs, Introduction to Gorgias and Rhetoric

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  1. Today’s politicians pander to the masses in that they do not speak of leaving their fellow citizens “better human beings than they found them,” but rather, “better off than they were four years ago.” Pity.

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