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01/16/2020

A more technical version of the essay style is seen in the writing of political essays, in which the two main pieces of information were extracted from primary sources such as political speeches and newspapers.

A more technical version of the essay style is seen in the writing of political essays, in which the two main pieces of information were extracted from primary sources such as political speeches and newspapers.
Analytical essays, with the exception of some introductory papers on political theory, are usually written on an open-ended topic. An example of an analytical essay is “What does a philosopher do?”
Examples of analytical essays
Some examples of analytic essays written on the above topic are listed below, each written by the same author:
The Argument: There are many kinds of people: those who make speeches; those who sell things – who write books [the author is a lawyer who wrote a book on the subject; see a section called “the argument” below]. Those who produce useful goods – for whom I am writing this essay. Those who make speeches and write books, and produce useful goods, are the politicians. And the good the politicians do and produce is that they have the ability to make decisions and to influence the decisions of others. Those who make speeches and write books are the intellectuals and people who are used to getting their own way. Intellectuals and the politicians are the public and the officials. The public and the officials are the voters – but only those voters that know how to vote. The voters – who do not know how to vote – are the non-voters. Non-voters are those people that the intellectuals and the politicians do not directly affect. Those who do not know how to vote are the non-voters. Those who make speeches – but whom we should not care about because they make speeches and write books – are the non-voters.
This is the argument.
This is the argument.
It is the argument which, of all analytical arguments, I think explains most of our political life, and which I am suggesting in our next essay.
The Arguments: There are many kinds of politicians: those who sell books and those who speak in speeches. There are also many kinds of intellectuals, as indicated in the title of the following paragraph. The public is composed of the public intellectuals and the politicians; and we are composed of the public and our rulers. The public intellectuals are the academics and intellectuals – especially the philosophers – who write books and make speeches and produce useful goods; the politicians are these academic and intellectual scholars who run for a living and whose chief activity is the making of speeches; and the intellectuals are those who do not make speeches but who have something of the quality of professors, including the economists, and who influence the policy-makers.
Of course, the political process of democracy also involves some other actors. Those actors are: the public and its representatives, the intellectuals and others who make speeches and write books; politicians, the academics, and the philosophers; members of those other groups who get their own way even though they do not get their own way; and people who have neither votes nor influence. These people are the non-voters.
The Conclusion: The most useful intellectual activity for politicians and the intellectuals is the making of and public influence in political life. It may sound paradoxical that intellectuals should produce useful goods that need to be produced, and yet should be incapable of producing or influencing political decisions themselves. After all, their own activity is clearly directed at influencing the policy-makers, who are their customers. We all know that the intellectuals can