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Art of Rhetoric in Democracy

Rhetoric in democratic politics is essential, but it must be deeply sincere and always truthful.

America’s first electoral presidential debate was held in 1960 between John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Since then, the tradition has come a long way. The recent debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, in a departure from tradition, were loaded with acrimony, barbs, and mud-slinging. Rhetoric quite often eclipsed policy issues.

It makes me wonder, what is the role of rhetoric in democratic politics? How far must rhetoric accompany democratic debates and when does it become unhealthy? Let history be our guide here.

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Updated On : 24th Feb, 2017

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