the authors quote Robin Lakoff about the importance of persuasive ability. She states, “In a meritocracy such as ours, we believe that those who best demonstrate the ability to think and persuade should have the lion’s share of power. Articulateness according to the rules goes a long way; and its possessors are assumed to possess intelligence and virtue as inseparable concomitants. People who say things right, who plead their cases well, will be listened to and their suggestions acted upon. They will make money, win the offices, find love, get all the goodies their society has to give.”
Answer the following: To what extent do you agree with Lakoff’s statement? How does having the “ability to think and persuade” affect the quality of a person’s life?
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