- Mar 2017
And since the effective politician is a "spell-sonal designs. One thus confronts a flat choice binder," it seems to follow by elimination that between a civilized vocabulary of scientific de- the hortatory use of speech for political ends can scription and a savage vocabulary of magical in- be called "magic," in the discredited sense of that cantation. term.
This makes me think of figures like Väinämöinen, the epic hero of the Finnish Kalevala, who defeats his enemies via song and sings castles into being. We can do that today, only more in the way of "I speak today on behalf of H.R. 1070, the 'Seriously, Let's Build a Castle Act'" instead of commanding the rocks through song. But the concept is one and the same.