The terms “conspiracy theorist” and “conspiracy nut” are used frequently to discredit a perceived adversary using emotional rather than logical appeals. It’s important for the sake of true argument that we define the term “conspiracy” and use it appropriately, not as an ad hominem attack on someone whose point of view we don’t share.
According to my Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, the word “conspiracy” derives from the Latin “conspirare,” which means literally “to breathe together” in the sense of agreeing to commit a crime. The primary definition is “planning and acting together secretly, especially for a harmful or unlawful purpose, such as murder or treason.”
It was in this sense that Mark Twain astutely observed, “A conspiracy is nothing but a secret agreement of a number of men for the pursuance of policies which they dare not admit in public.”
VETERAN PLEADS: DO NOT BLINDLY SACRIFICE YOUR LIFE FOR YOUR COUNTRY! Author Publishes WWII Pilot Father’s Legacy and Warning
SACRAMENTO, CA, USA, October 19, 2014 /EINPresswire.com/ — SACRAMENTO, 19 October, 2014—The belief that it’s noble to support the nation’s military regardless of circumstances will perhaps always prevail. It’s a seductive patriotic ideal, but over the course of our nation’s history, the US military has been increasingly used to protect the interests of the rich and powerful rather than liberty and justice for all. Journalist Shawn Hamilton has written his new book, Be All You Can Be, as a wake-up call to the nation, using his WWII veteran father’s story as the revelry bugle.
A person who is willing to sacrifice his life ‘for his country’ is merely a dupe in the profit game of the military-industrial complex.”
As a general rule, cast your sentences in the active voice. In the active voice, the subject of the sentence does the action. In the passive voice, the subject of the sentence is not the agent doing the action. Instead of writing, “The cat was kicked by Joe,” write, ” Joe kicked the cat.” It means the same thing, but the ability to express an idea in fewer words helps to clarify your meaning and makes the readers’ job much more pleasant. It doesn’t seem like much when dealing with a simple sentence–three words instead of five–but compounded over the course of an extended essay, this can represent a significant amount of extraneous prose.
Weak verbs: is, are, was,were, have, has, had, am,
Strong verbs: Any of the thousands of action words such as “run,” “study,” “eat,” “remember,” etc.