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Political Wordplay

Posted by: Gee ( si ) on September 29, 1999 at 16:03:05:

Just read what British Prime Minister said at his party rally -

"For the 21st century will not be about the battle between capitalism and socialism but between the forces of progress and the forces of conservatism"

Apart from sidestepping capitalism (shame, i was looking forward to him posting here) his main thrust was a wordplay which has always been to the advantage of so called 'progressives'

According to a dictionary conservative means, in part "opposed to change or innovation. " - ooh, stuffy old men, pipes and slippers, snobby opera societies - very very uncool connotations.

progressive on the other hand - "Moving forward; proceeding onward; advancing; evincing progress; increasing" - wow! exciting, groovy, cool, young, future!

Ofcourse these general concepts have little immediate relation to associated political concepts. A US conservative would be considered very radical and dangerous in Cuba, whilst a typical progressive might be a comfortable ally to the status quo. Context see.

Still, it doesnt matter in the west - poisoning the word 'conservative' is a good way of associating all the political values of a western conservative (good and bad) with the 'uncool' concept of the word.

Shame no one considers that a "progressive wasting disease" is also the correct use of the term 'progresive'

Also - if conservative is bad, why is conservation good? If progressive is good, why is development bad?

Any other wordplays?

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