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[UPDATE I'm going to leave this sticky again because it's more important than I thought at first.

Public speaking* is an important part of being able to do non-electoral politics, and anybody who is (a) afraid of public speaking (most people) (b) has something to say (increasingly many) and (c) wants to say it (ditto) can learn from it. See under Walmart, Occupations, carre rouge, fracking, etc., all of which require public speaking. If we do not wish to delegate all speaking to spokesholes and oldsters like myself who still know how it's done and know it when we see it, then we need to empower people to speak for themselves!

So, readers, if any of you need to learn how to become a public speaker*, watching this YouTube many times and trying to learn from it will be a fine and inspiring introduction. Think of it this way: You're Nuke LaLoosh; Gillard is Crash Davis:

Crash Davis: It's time to work on your interviews.
Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: My interviews? What do I gotta do?
Crash Davis: You're gonna have to learn your clichés. You're gonna have to study them, you're gonna have to know them. They're your friends. Write this down: "We gotta play it one day at a time."
Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: Got to play... it's pretty boring.
Crash Davis: 'Course it's boring, that's the point. Write it down.

Gillard's speech is a glorified, glorious example of an identical process, except with a much more powerful toolkit; anaphora, e.g., as opposed to cliche. We are not viewing, or at least not only viewing, a display of power by a dominant political individual; we are viewing the effective deployment of an arsenal of techniques that can be learned by anyone. There's a reason why these techniques have been dumbed out of public life. --lambert

NOTE * Which we might define for our purpose as a speaker on public goods!!!!]

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[This is such an comprehensive beatdown I'm going to sticky it, just for the sheer pleasure of listening. It's a symphony of shredfulness that I am sure "the leader of the opposition" richly deserves. --lambert]

What a massive takedown!

And what a difference between Australia, and here; if only Hillary could have made such a statement in 2008; it was so clearly needed. It would have done a great deal of good.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

that really was spectacular

Submitted by lambert on

The other thing she works is the register of her voice. She seems to shift gears, almost. Contrast to Obama's drone or Clinton's neediness. They are working phrases but she is working in paragraphs.

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Submitted by BDBlue on

Simply glorious.

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Submitted by jumpjet on

I really do wish Hillary had given such a speech back in 2008. It might have reached me even when I was a hardcore O-bot; it certainly moved me now. And I certainly think she would have been entirely justified in giving it.

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Submitted by Alexa on

Personally, I'm not a "seasoned" public speaker, and some of the finer points of this discussion, may escape me.

But one thing I do know, it' s nice to see a hypocrite receive their "due comeuppance."

And without a doubt, the Honorable Ms. Gillard delivers as sharp and effective a rebuke, as I've ever seen.

Submitted by chadwick newsome on

Rock on, Julia!

Submitted by libbyliberal on

She is certainly very compelling and all that passion is politically effective and clearly personally emotionally cathartic for her. I would like to know more what prompted the dressing down.

As for Assange, in a 2010 radio interview, she declared Wikileaks and Assange had BROKEN THE LAW when they had not been prosecuted for doing such.

Shades of Obama's declaration on Manning. She is an attorney, too, and should know better.