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  •  I very much appreciate (3+ / 0-)
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    ZhenRen, Mentatmark, hooper

    I very much appreciate your patient and thoughtful words...it is not my normal experience on the internet when I experience any level of disagreement with anyone.

    Without disagreement there can be no learning.

    •  I don't mean to come on strong... (3+ / 0-)
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      MrJayTee, Mentatmark, Urizen

      I see this error in usage all the time on dkos, and I've been trying to correct it.

      "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

      by ZhenRen on Sat May 11, 2013 at 11:29:36 PM PDT

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      •  shouldn't there be SOME word (0+ / 0-)

        I guess (after some sleep) I wonder why there isn't a word to describe the political philosophy of Grover Norquist.  That is a stated belief in the removal of ALL government.  His purpose is different than the purpose of those who call themselves "anarchists", so perhaps there should be a different word...but unfortunately there is no such word to describe Grover Norquist's stated philosophy properly.  I don't think it's correct to call him "authoritarian" or "corporatist" because those elements are not part of the philosophy that he presents.

        So because there is no word to describe him, he gets a free pass.  The linguistics of his politics means we don't get to call his politics "extreme".

      •  And thank you for that (1+ / 0-)
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        ZhenRen

        As long as the left allows the rightwing to define words to the point that some of the greatest heroes our team has to offer (Emma Goldman, Noam Chomsky, . . .) are dismissed and marginalized, there's not much mystery around why progressivism continues to fail.

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