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The long-standing allergy to the “s” word may in fact be on its way out. Amazing poll, this… The conventional wisdom has for so long been 1) if you’d like to propose a policy or program that is essentially socialist in nature, you need to find a benign term to use for it. “Universal” is about as close as you’re allowed to come, but even that sounds a bit too pinky and 2) opponents of socialist reform need take one only course of action to stop it in its tracks – that is, label the socialist reform “socialist,” and your work is done….

So this poll, yes, is amazing to see… Hate to think this justifies the reflexive leninism (worse before better etc) that has defined the period of my political consciousness…

(via Yglesias)

Written by adswithoutproducts

February 17, 2008 at 12:31 am

Posted in socialism

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