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PurityOfEssence Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-31-10 08:41 PM
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35. The term "liberal" has been so vigorously and systematically stigmatized that this means little
People forget what was at the heart of "1984": the concept of newspeak and its ability, by destroying language, to destroy the feelings described by it. It has been a linguistic hate-fest of epic proportions for the last more than half a century to deride, denigrate and vilify the word "liberal" that people run from it from mere sense-memory alone.

That's why so many prefer the label "progressive", and why so many of us call those people out as being weak in the face of an onslaught.

It's also a bit of an imbalanced dichotomy, anyway: I would say that a "liberal" is a bit farther from the center than a "conservative", and even though this is all very imperfect and subjective, I'll bet this plays into the results cited.

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