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Its targets are often strawmen conveniently substituted for less vulnerable objects.
But instead of actually engaging with recent work in Irish history, Silverman simply uses these unnamed historians as strawmen.
But this brings with it a tendency to ignore the dogmatism of Freud's style (the crisp 'it is so', the setting up of strawmen, the concession that is promptly refuted) in favour of what Frankland describes as aesthetic aspects, though they are often, more strictly, rhetorical.
Any political theory that relies on such stark choices can be suspected, with good reason, of setting up strawmen.
Sometimes the battle against legislation to weaken the civil justice system is fought against strawmen, and the strawmen of the moment are volunteers.
His point is an excellent one, but in establishing Foucault and Muchembled as strawmen Wegert introduces no small amount of confusion.