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How to be positively aggressive

By Gerry Nicholls      

Although aggressiveness in politics is usually associated with negativity, as in 'negative attack ads,' that’s not always the case; indeed, sometimes a politician needs to be aggressively positive.

Anyway, all this is what I mean by positive aggressiveness, it’s just about refusing to allow your opponents to put you on the defensive or off message. Of course, Sun Tzu basically said the same thing, only more poetically. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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OAKVILLE, ONT.—As Sun Tzu, the famed Chinese military philosopher, once declared, “Invincibility lies in the defence, the possibility of victory in the attack.” Yes, okay, quoting Sun Tzu in a column on political strategy is hackneyed, but this particular quote really nails the idea I want to get across, namely that politicians should always be in an aggressive mode. Simply put, you can’t win elections by playing defence. And although aggressiveness in politics is usually associated with negativity,

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