Home » (Criticisms and Critiques) » A Critique. A Quote. Of Leadership. Of Rhetoric.

A Critique. A Quote. Of Leadership. Of Rhetoric.

Any movement whose rhetoric relies on an array of pathetic appeals will circle in on itself and, as a “movement,” go nowhere. Round and round it flies, swept by emotion to no end, leaderless, for its leaders are merely its followers.

Logos is needed to direct pathos: a people will bring its emotions, but the Idea will set a people in motion.

Consider:

I do not determine what is right and wrong by looking at the budget of my organization or by taking a Gallup poll of the majority opinion. Ultimately, a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

—Martin Luther King Jr.

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