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  •  I also don't really like "war on poverty" (2+ / 0-)
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    I get that "war on poverty" was supposed to refer to the scale of investment and attention, but I always feel somewhat uncomfortable comparing social campaigns to "wars."  The language almost seems to frame war in a positive light, and the act of othering involved in framing the object of the war often reflects how such "wars' end up anything but progressive (and if mildly progressive, not lasting).

    •  Me, too. What you said about social campaigns and (1+ / 0-)

      "wars".  I agree with you, that it's hard to get anything done when we don't agree on what the vocabulary means, and some use it to deliberately obsfucate.

      When people talk about balance like it's a state of Nirvana, I want to ask where we're placing the fulcrum.  That actually makes a difference, as you point out more eloquently.  I should just stop with my first five words. ;)

      I'm looking forward to your "comprehensive immigration reform" diary.

      Do you suppose politicians and pundits take a class in how to use words so that they sound like they mean something smart while in actuality the words can mean anything and nothing at the same time?

      "In politics stupidity is not a handicap." Napoleon Bonaparte

      by citylights on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 02:32:40 AM PDT

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    •  Its really a war on the poor n/t (0+ / 0-)

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