13 Phrases Progressives Need To Ditch…And What We Can Say Instead   1 comment

There’s a very interesting and thought-provoking article over at Addicting Info about political language and how it shapes the political discourse in America, to wit: the fact that we progressives (and liberals) need to work on changing the political rhetoric to better support our points-of-view instead of acquiescing to the Right’s playbook. The article makes 13 suggestions on how we can change the political rhetoric to our advantage instead of theirs’…the twelve are as follows(detailed explanations can be found in the linked article above):

  • Instead of “big business”, use “unelected government” in regards of multi-national corporations
  • Instead of “entitlements”, use “earned benefits” in regards to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security
  • Instead of “free market capitalism”, use “socialized risk, privatized profits” in regards to the disaster of unfettered, 20th century capitalism
  • Instead of “government spending”, use “investments in America” in regards to infrastructure and public-works spending
  • Instead of “same-sex marriage”, use “marriage equality” in regards to the issue of marriage
  • Instead of “gun control”, use “gun violence prevention” or “gun safety” in regards to how society should deal with gun violence
  • Instead of “homophobic”, use “anti-gay” in regards to anti-gay bigotry
  • Instead of “illegal aliens”, use “undocumented immigrants” in regards to the ongoing issue of immigration reform
  • Instead of “pro-life”, use “anti-choice” in regards to abortion…or, you could go with “forced-birth” because that’s almost what the pro-life community has become nowadays
  • Instead of “right-to-work”, use “anti-union” or “right-to-fire” OR “right-to-work for less” in regards to labor issues
  • Instead of “the environment”, use “shared resources” when discussing environmental issues; as the article mentions, it’s one thing to talk about protecting natural resources in some far-off place, it’s quite another to discuss protecting drinking water sources from illegal dumping
  • Instead of “welfare”, use “social safety net” in regards to the American social-safety net…and finally:
  • Instead of “homeless”, use “unhoused” when discussing issues affecting those out on the streets of America because it far more accurately describes those without housing than ‘homeless’ ever did, plus it recognizes that all of us, regardless of circumstance, believe that no person should go without housing; it makes housing an almost-default position.

Posted April 12, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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  1. Reblogged this on The Christian rƎΛO˥ution Home! and commented:
    Get to know the tricks of the illuminati NWO Communist scum!

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