Dagger in hand

A man of prodigious fortune, coming to add his opinion to some light discussion that was going on casually at his table, began precisely thus: "It can only be a liar or an ignoramus who will say otherwise than," and so on. Pursue that philosophical point, dagger in hand.

--Michel de Montaigne, Of the art of discussion.

Stab back: cmnewman99-at-yahoo.com


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Wednesday, November 20, 2002
ORIANA STABS BACK: After her letter to Corriere about the Social Forum, you can imagine the responses she got. I was sent a few of them. "A terrorist!" "An obtuse, arid woman." "Clinically insane." Hell hath no fury. Well, apparently now she's responded to her critics in Panorama. I haven't seen the article yet. I'm afraid, though, that she may be squandering her voice, getting caught up in exactly the "vain polemics" that she'd said she wasn't interested in. Once you've said "punto e basta," every time you can't resist opening your mouth after that you lose stature. She's making it too easy for them to caricature and dismiss her.

Can't wait to see what she said, though.

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