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  •  "Nurturance"? (2+ / 0-)
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    fumie, Eryk

    I know that Prof. Lakoff uses this word to describe the "liberal moral model"; I also know that he doesn't necessarily recommend using the words he uses in public discourse.  But I still wonder about this word--by now it has a VERY BAD rep, especially since lots of people don't seem to have the same understanding of the word that the Professor does.  "Nurture" shares four letters (including the first three and the last) with "nurse"; when I try to discuss this with others, I have to point out that "nurture" doesn't mean "coddle".  ("Stuart Smalley is a caring nurturer...")  Again, though I know it's not the sort of word you'd use in a speech to begin with, I have to ask:  Is there some other word available?

    The '60s were simply an attempt to get the 21st Century started early....Well, what are we waiting for? There's no deadline on a dream!

    by Panurge on Sun Feb 21, 2010 at 08:28:02 AM PST

    •  The Left had tougher rhetoric (1+ / 0-)
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      Matt Z

      in the industrial era (roughly 1815 to 1945). Strike. Overthrow Capitalism. Revolution. It takes muscle to do these things. But the manufacturing base got sent overseas and liberals lost their Manpower.

      •  OTOH... (2+ / 0-)
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        Eryk, Matt Z

        ...would we want to lose the softer touch we have right now?  If we go for the Real Man theme, will we lose our soul?  Will it just turn into more hippie-punching?

        The '60s were simply an attempt to get the 21st Century started early....Well, what are we waiting for? There's no deadline on a dream!

        by Panurge on Sun Feb 21, 2010 at 09:47:08 AM PST

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        •  It's a good point. (1+ / 0-)
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          Matt Z

          Compassion and cooperative values are indeed the soul of the movement. A political philosophy with a paramount concern for human needs. We just need to remember that bipartisanship is not a human need and it isn't a virtue if we accomodate selfishness and make deals with the oppressor. We are the weak partner, collaborating with bullies, if we do this.

          It isn't hippie-punching if we punch conservatives.

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