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September 26, 2019


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I have found her speeches both fascinating and disturbing! As a speechwriter it is amazing to disect!

I suspect that either she's a clever kid whose speechwriting ability is admirable given her age, or that she was coached by someone who wanted to ensure she didn't come off as a young lady reading something written by old men. Without context, your evaluation is right on, but in the same way that email scammers include typos and grammatical errors to ensure that only stupid people respond, this speech may have been left a bit raw to make it appear more authentic.

I've seen this speech described as the 21st century's Gettysburg Address. Seems a stretch, but who knows? It is dripping with authenticity and I agree with the last poster that it's rawness is its rhetorical strength. This after all isn't really a nuanced debate. The world fries in our children's time - grandchildren's time if we're lucky - in the next few decades or it doesn't. You can't really triangulate that. Last thing: who doesn't want to hear what this compelling speaker says next? We're speechwriters, so how about a little hyperbole to end - this young woman is the most influential teenage girl the world has seen since Joan of Arc.

Thanks for posting.

"If you wish to persuade me, you must think my thoughts, feel my feelings, and speak my words."

This is why Cicero was so successful. He knew that if he wanted to convert people, he needed to tell them what they needed to hear in a way that they could receive it.

And as passionate as she is, Ms. Thunberg misses that vital element of speechmaking.

True. But at 16, it's hard (and probably premature) to learn how to think the thoughts, feel the feelings and speak the words of oil executives, Saudi government officials or Senate Republicans.

Maybe her style of argumentation will mature as she does.

I'm late to the discussion, but I just saw this quote from Alexander Hamilton, and it so resonated with me. And perhaps with Ms. Thunberg, too.

“I have thought it my duty to exhibit things as they are, not as they ought to be.”

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