2009 Update: A prior form of discourse in which the musing of a dignitary was tested against the fantasies of commoners (a class composed of opponents, dupes and/or friends.) With the ascension of new media, there remain only dignitaries, bouncing whimsy against a wall.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
PERSUASION, n. A species of hypnotism in which the oral suggestion takes the hindering form of argument or appeal. In the legislative body of the future, votes will be won, as now, by hypnotic suugestion, but there will be no darkening of counsel and impeding of the public business by debate; opposition will be stared into assent.