Adam Ellwanger

About Adam Ellwanger

Adam Ellwanger is an associate professor of rhetoric at the University of Houston-Downtown. His book, The Rhetoric of Personal Transformation: Metanoia, Ethos, and the Reinvention of the Self, will be published by Penn State University Press in early 2020.

The #Resistance Resembles the Flight 175 Hijackers

Like many Americans do around the 9/11 anniversaries, I have contemplated the mindset of the men flying the planes. It is a natural response: how could a human being deliberately undertake such an inhumane act? The terrorists who flew Flight 11 into the North Tower were at least partially ignorant of what would result from

By | 2019-10-06T19:56:37-07:00 October 6th, 2019|Tags: |

Make Honduras Great . . . Again?

As we near the completion of President Trump’s third year in office, the partisan divisions on the problem of illegal immigration grow ever deeper. For the first two years, Democrats and the mainstream media insisted that there was no crisis at America’s southern border: it was a “manufactured” situation, fake news designed to manipulate the

By | 2019-08-15T18:32:17-07:00 August 15th, 2019|Tags: |

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Impeachment and Elite Entitlement

These words from the Mueller Report—allegedly uttered by President Trump upon learning of the appointment of a special counsel—are catnip to Trump’s enemies: “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked.” Why, they ask, would an innocent man respond with such fatalist resignation? And thus, the

By | 2019-04-23T16:20:32-07:00 April 23rd, 2019|

Can We Still Be Conservatives?

As someone who is paid to study rhetoric, I am not an easy guy to convince. But when I first read Michael Anton’s essay, “The Flight 93 Election,” in the run-up to the 2016 election, I immediately knew it had joined the few dozen seminal texts that have shaped my political thought. It

By | 2019-03-01T21:33:14-07:00 March 1st, 2019|

America’s Soft Empire and the Problem of Sovereignty

In today’s world, no two men are more responsible for the overwhelmingly negative connotations of the English word empire than George Lucas and Ronald Reagan. In his seminal “Star Wars” films, Lucas introduced us to Darth Vader’s Galactic Empire: it embodied institutionalized evil and served as a foil for the noble Rebel Alliance,

By | 2018-12-18T21:57:26-07:00 December 18th, 2018|

The Rhetorical Art of Blame-Laying

As a public service, here are some things that are in no way responsible for creating a “climate of political violence” in the United States: Public performances of plays that depict the execution of Trump-like figures. Publishing a Trump assassination fantasy in the New York Times. The constant, deliberate misrepresentation and denigration of

By | 2018-10-27T16:06:47-07:00 October 28th, 2018|

Make Rhetoric Great Again

At the university where I teach rhetoric, an organization called the Center for Public Deliberation promotes events where students, faculty and other citizens can discuss issues that are relevant to American democratic life. Among the goals listed on the Center’s website are decreasing political polarization, creating safe spaces for dialogue between “co-creating agents

By | 2017-07-25T13:50:57-07:00 July 20th, 2017|

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