[LMB] OT: Labels

Pat Mathews mathews55 at msn.com
Wed Oct 10 17:44:57 BST 2018


Except to say that many people who cry "fascist" are NOT being dragged off to hidden prisons in the middle of the night, and actually have very little fear of that happening. Meaning they're only using it as a synonym for "I HATE (you/them)." on the level of kids in the schoolyard crying "poopyhead!"

Likewise, of course, those who scream "Socialist!" and"Communist" are really expecting higher taxes and more regulation, not having all their private property nationalized!

I think we're suffering a truly bad case of epithet inflation with high fever and severe inflammation.
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Hello,

> On 10 Oct 2018, at 23:49, WILLIAM A WENRICH <wawenri at msn.com> wrote:
> The first principle of fascism is totalitarianism. Without that it is not fascism. I get tired of being called fascist for being for freedom. Sorry father rant but I needed to pet my peeve.

I suspect you know the “for being for freedom” is just begging the question, which would lead to that ban on US politics again.

little Alex
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