Free Speech, George W Bush administration, Iraq War
Anti-speech advocates have made several arguments aimed at critics of the Iraq War. Many of these anti-speech arguments are enthymemes. If the purpose of these rhetors is to deceive others into accepting a weak claim, then enthymemes are ideal forms because they hide the weakest parts of the argument. By exposing their hidden premises, the parts that are implicit but left unstated, I demonstrate that the anti-speech arguments used against critics of the war are not sound. This essay examines the logos, ethos, and pathos in these anti-speech arguments.
Mauer, Barry. “Speaking Freely in a Time of War.” Queen: A Journal of Rhetoric and Power. 2004
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Mauer, Barry J., "Speaking Freely in a Time of War" (2004). Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works. 609.