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:: Tuesday, October 08, 2002 ::

Reclaiming the Language

According to the dictionary, a liberal is one who believes in the fullest amount of personal freedom. This does not come close to describing American leftists. But they've hijacked the word, knowing it gives their statist policies a human, even individualist nuance. Michael at two blowhards.com sees things the same way. Writes he:

I also find it helpful to refuse to let the American left get away with calling itself liberal. I insist on referring to them as leftists, and to their views as leftism. Why let that crowd of sentimentalists, thought-police and socialists maintain exclusive ownership of a word as beautiful as “liberal”?

Liberal; it's our word, we need to take it back.

:: Walter 10:12 PM [+] ::

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