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Imposter-terms- I've always used bastardizing- but, same thing-


Imposter-Terms Like “Progressive” Confuse Our Understanding

The classical liberal author Albert Jay Nock (1870–1945) published an essay in the February 1936 issue of the Atlantic Monthly on what he called “Imposter-Terms,” that is, words that are used in ways meant to confuse or misdirect understanding. He actually took the phrase from the famous utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832), who coined the term in his Book of (Political) Fallacies (1824).

More precisely, imposter-terms are words that are used to make more acceptable some idea or fact that would be viewed far more negatively if expressed in a more direct and clear manner — that is, something that would be doubted or even rejected as undesirable if described in words that capture the true nature of the subject or object. Imposter-terms, therefore, as explained by Bentham and Nock, may be intentionally applied precisely for purposes of deception and misunderstanding.
 
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U.S. Progressives barely register as centrists on the world political stage. This country is in absolutely no danger of becoming a socialist nation.
 
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Imposter-terms- I've always used bastardizing- but, same thing-


Imposter-Terms Like “Progressive” Confuse Our Understanding

The classical liberal author Albert Jay Nock (1870–1945) published an essay in the February 1936 issue of the Atlantic Monthly on what he called “Imposter-Terms,” that is, words that are used in ways meant to confuse or misdirect understanding. He actually took the phrase from the famous utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832), who coined the term in his Book of (Political) Fallacies (1824).

More precisely, imposter-terms are words that are used to make more acceptable some idea or fact that would be viewed far more negatively if expressed in a more direct and clear manner — that is, something that would be doubted or even rejected as undesirable if described in words that capture the true nature of the subject or object. Imposter-terms, therefore, as explained by Bentham and Nock, may be intentionally applied precisely for purposes of deception and misunderstanding.
The author of the piece, Richard Ebeling makes the same mistake every other RW author makes and it can be demonstrated in one sentence: "Would you rather have Frosted Flakes or Arsenic for breakfast, honey?"
I've been a Democrat for decades and never once have I promoted turning this country into a socialist playground.
In fact, people like Ebeling would have us believe that even the slightest turn to the LEFT is somehow an indication that we're headed straight for Socialist Communist HELL. The word Socialist has become a bogeyman-word. It's the typical GOP scare tactic. It's intimidation.
I see nothing wrong with a system of government that serves us well--governs well, that governs frugally, that governs creatively, that serves the broader common interest. All this fearmongering about nationalizing industries and taking the profits—the Robin Hood thing—that’s a gross misrepresentation.
Your author Ebeling loves to employ quotes so I've got one too. President Harry Truman as saying, in 1952, "Socialism is the epithet they have hurled at every advance that people have made in the last twenty years. Socialism is what they called Social Security. Socialism is what they called farm-price supports. Socialism is what they called bank-deposit insurance. Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor. Socialism is their name for almost everything that helps all of the people." 1952. 1952. AND the GOP started howling "SOCIALISM" long before that.

So where are we? More than sixty years after Truman spoke those words, socialism still is marked by strong connotations and conflicting definitions in the United States and YET-- CAPITALISM still reigns supreme.
How do I know that? The 1%.
 
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The author of the piece, Richard Ebeling makes the same mistake every other RW author makes and it can be demonstrated in one sentence: "Would you rather have Frosted Flakes or Arsenic for breakfast, honey?"
I've been a Democrat for decades and never once have I promoted turning this country into a socialist playground.
In fact, people like Ebeling would have us believe that even the slightest turn to the LEFT is somehow an indication that we're headed straight for Socialist Communist HELL. The word Socialist has become a bogeyman-word. It's the typical GOP scare tactic. It's intimidation.
I see nothing wrong with a system of government that serves us well--governs well, that governs frugally, that governs creatively, that serves the broader common interest. All this fearmongering about nationalizing industries and taking the profits—the Robin Hood thing—that’s a gross misrepresentation.
Your author Ebeling loves to employ quotes so I've got one too. President Harry Truman as saying, in 1952, "Socialism is the epithet they have hurled at every advance that people have made in the last twenty years. Socialism is what they called Social Security. Socialism is what they called farm-price supports. Socialism is what they called bank-deposit insurance. Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor. Socialism is their name for almost everything that helps all of the people." 1952. 1952. AND the GOP started howling "SOCIALISM" long before that.

So where are we? More than sixty years after Truman spoke those words, socialism still is marked by strong connotations and conflicting definitions in the United States and YET-- CAPITALISM still reigns supreme.
How do I know that? The 1%.
And you make the same mistake as every other leftist on the planet- intellectual coward- y'all want to believe fair is having the gov't telling who can do what when- that ain't Liberty- RW has become a boogey man word to people like you- typical Democrat bullshit- you can obfuscate all day long- it won't change a thing- gov't control is socialist in nature- at its core- Liberty it ain't- the problem is that y'all say everyone is equal, except the more equal, godvernment- I don't care what you, or anyone else calls gov't control- it ain't liberty- it refuses to acknowledge sovereignty- unless of course it suits godvernments agenda for the spotlight today-
Leftist have ruined this once potentially great Country with their collectivist ideology- collectivist, like yourself, can't accept that others can best determine what is best for themselves- you need a godvernment to hold your hand to cross the street- it takes Individual effort to create the greater good- not legislation and mandates-