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Our national bard

He had the true American taste for argument, argument as distinguished from conversation on the one hand and oratory on the other. The long-drawn-out, meandering debate was, perhaps, the only art-form he understood or relished, and this was natural, since the argument is in a sense our only indigenous folk-art, and it is not the poet but the silver-tongued lawyer who is our national bard.

-- Mary McCarthy, The Company She Keeps (1942), via Atomic Librarian.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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The Manhattan Insitute's Center for Legal Policy.