[KB] Grammar of Motives 381

Tilli, Jouni jouni.a.tilli at jyu.fi
Wed Nov 16 11:26:35 EST 2016

Hi all,

In Finland the elections were suspended twice (or postponed) during the Continuation War 1941-44. The law was based on a state of exception, but I'll have to look more into the debate to tell you about the arguments pro et contra.

Jouni Tilli

Lähettäjä: KB [kb-bounces at kbjournal.org] käyttäjän wessr at oregonstate.edu [wessr at oregonstate.edu] puolesta
Lähetetty: 16. marraskuuta 2016 17:58
Vastaanottaja: Edward C Appel
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Aihe: [KB] Grammar of Motives 381


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.


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