What does it mean to be a polemicist? Is it true that the only position a polemic can take is an adversarial one? To be an adversary or not to be an adversary; what does it mean for Jefferson to say that We hold these truths to be self-evident? Is that not a polemical stance. Could anyone today put forward these ideas as convincingly as forcefully as truthfully without Jefferson’s convictions and premises that lead to his logical conclusions that were nevertheless contrary to established beliefs, normative political practices and the givens of social discourse?
The polemics and essays contained herein also present ideas the conclusions of which are founded on an established mode of thinking that does not honor Doubt as the highest form of wisdom. Socrates began with I know nothing. We conclude with it, and happily so, applauding the man or woman who doubts himself or herself, leaving everything in all social arenas to the dog eats dog.
This review has been through a number of changes in name. First it was The October Revue, enduring as such for most of its tenure, although with little to no difference from its current stance, position, intentions. After this, it was named Revue 1, collateral with its URL, Revue1.wordpress.com. Currently it is called The Polemicist, which is what I am a goodly number of times in either the posts or pages sections, asserting positions in social and political commentary that are what one might call polemical, if one also could Jefferson a polemicist, as one would call Thomas Paine, a polemicist, as one would have to say that Jean Paul Marat, as A Friend of the People was a polemicist beyond excellent. The literary essays in philosophy, cutkrue, art, music, thought, and anything other that could fall into the category of ideas, sometimes adopt a polemical position. I am not adverse to using diatribe or tirade as a stylistic form for my polemics, as a whole or in part.
Thank you for your interest, Jay Ruvolo, Publishing and Contributing Editor of The Polemicist
(All texts within are authored by Jay Ruvolo)