Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe

Socrates of smoking

We saw Thank you for Smoking tonight: excellent movie full of beautifully pointed observations, puncturing pretension, greed, self-interest and end-justifying means on all sides. And how many cutesy maple syrup bottles can you get on one desk? Superb. But I was thinking; particularly the way Nick Naylor teaches his son to argue - that if I prove you wrong I must be right - that's what Socrates was executed for doing. Politicians don't have the rhetorical skills these days - some of them can't string three words together - but lobbyists have inherited those persuasive arts.

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