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  •  Just don't understand the point of this diary (1+ / 0-)
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    Maybe an example like, "here's what we say today / here's what we should be saying" could elucidate, but right now I am quite confused.

    Frankly, I think the issue is that generally Democrats tend to accept Republican framing, like "illegal aliens" instead of something like "people without papers". Is THAT what is being touted in the book?

    •  I think the point (2+ / 0-)
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      whenwego, Calamity Jean

      Is that we should attack individuals in a personal manner rather than the system in an impersonal manner and that we should be willing to do so in a way that offends the individuals that we attack.

      We should also not cling to the ego-boosting desire to appear rational, fair-minded individuals, since that prevents us from going full-bore at Mitt Romney and other enemies of America.

    •  one example (2+ / 0-)
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      whenwego, Calamity Jean

      Today we say -- "people lost their houses". I, who am notorious for losing stuff, have never managed to misplace my whole house. We should be saying -- "[name of bank CEO] kicked families out" "[name of mortgage co.] executives made the neighbor who always loaned you eggs homeless"

      To your specific query -- the book doesn't cover immigration but, having worked in that arena, I would reject both labels. While "people without papers" is actually better than "undocumented" as it leads with what they are instead of fixating on what they lack, it still keeps the debate squarely within the confines of status/legality. The terms I'd suggest h/t to the stellar team at America's Voice with whom I worked on this -- "aspiring citizens" and simply "new Americans."

      Thanks for asking! Hope you read and enjoy the book.

    •  We tend to be overly nice and rational (2+ / 0-)
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      whenwego, Calamity Jean

      assuming that everyone else is too and that that's how differences get resolved. We're smart enough to know that that's rediculous, but we're kind of wired to think and act that way (when we're not hiding behind that to avoid a fight).

      Also, we tend to take the bait and fight on their terms. Real dumb.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 06:24:41 PM PDT

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