reply to post by Frankidealist35
You know, word play is something that everyone does. Applying 'socialist' as a means of identifying certain proposals and policies is neither new
nor is it in any way trolling.
We have the English language to use as a tool. In the tool box are words and if the tool does the job it is intended for, then there should be no
There are other words, far more used (and abused) than 'socialist'. For instance...
The recent adoption of this word can be traced back to the United Nations. It is a key word used to describe actionable changes in things like… how
much water you may use when flushing your toilet. Less than a gallon is a sustainable amount… with a real world meaning that your bodily refuse will
sustain itself in the bowl until you have flushed at least 4 or 5 times more.
Sustainable? How? What? Oh.
In current terms, this word can mean just about anything the speaker of the same wishes to make it… and without feeling obliged to explain.
This is a rather broad-spectrum word that can be used to define many things. But because of that truth, it is just as easily misapplied.
Here is what Dictionary.com has to say about ‘culture’…
–noun 1. the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners,
scholarly pursuits, etc. 2. that which is excellent in the arts, manners, etc. 3. a particular form or stage of civilization, as that of a
certain nation or period: Greek culture. 4. development or improvement of the mind by education or training. 5. the behaviors and beliefs
characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group: the youth culture; the drug culture.
The whole problem with this word is that it is a sort of free radical that can be attached to anything. In one recent case, a Spanish newspaper
labeled the United States as a ‘Gun Culture’. In today’s news headlines, the word is applied to General Motors and NASA, both having to reinvent
their own cultures.
Most of us will never truly ‘hate’ anything or anybody. It is, after all, the opposite of love and most of us know that true love is indeed quite
rare. But the word, hate, is today applied to define anything from a person to a political theme. If someone merely disagrees with a specific point of
view, they are labeled as a hater and then, subjected to ridicule and all manner of official and unofficial inquisition.
Hate is probably the most misused, if not totally abused word in the world today. It’s your call but I would recommend using it sparingly and with
due consideration for other, better words.
So in the end, the current application of the word 'Socialist' is probably a better fit than some of the others.
imo... that is
[edit on 15-8-2009 by redoubt]