[KB] Grammar of Motives 381

wessr at oregonstate.edu wessr at oregonstate.edu
Wed Nov 16 10:58:35 EST 2016


Burkeans,

Page 381 of the Grammar has always interested me as an example of how  
the unthinkable can become thinkable. Burke recounts an effort early  
in WWII to suspend the 1942 elections on the grounds that campaign  
divisions would impede the unity needed for the war effort. This  
effort failed, but that it got far enough to become newsworthy is  
notable. The unthinkable can become thinkable.

Has anyone ever studied this WWII effort in any detail?

It may sometimes help to reflect in advance on how the unthinkable can  
become thinkable.

Bob



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