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  •  Not really. You have to distinguish between (2+ / 0-)
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    think tanks and such, where one clearly should strive for deeper understanding and exact language. However, in the realm of politics it does not help at all to be very precise. It hinders negotiation, and as long as the Republicans have the House, the Dems have to negotiate. And if they manage to get the House, the progressive Dems still have to negotiate with the conservadems.

    He who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

    by Sophie Amrain on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 04:03:04 AM PST

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    •  NO!! Precision and deep understanding among (0+ / 0-)

      ourselves is essential and not at all the same as how we shape the narrative. In order to best project a narrative onto which large amounts of people can easily grab and access, we have to truly, deeply, absolutely master the concepts ourselves. The word "fairness" is too malleable and over-used. We could use more pointed words. Think about what traction the anti-choice movement gained by changing to the term "pro-life." It's a lie, and they know it, but the narrative is great and easy to sell. We need to be developing the same types of terms and narrative on our side. We have always been good at facts and terrible at narrative. If we could figure out great (short, punchy, emotive) narrative for the thinking behind this diary than the narrative would give the Dems firepower and headroom in negotiations. We won't do that in time but we should.

      "When in doubt, do the brave thing." - Jan Smuts

      by bunnygirl60 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 02:31:11 PM PST

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