Monday, April 19, 2004

Definitions

Tim Cavanaugh at Hit and Run notes:
George Orwell, unwitting godfather to the many blowhards who today call Osama bin Laden a fascist, said a long time ago, 'The word Fascism has now no meaning except insofar as it signifies 'something not desirable.'' Militant Islam is clearly not desirable, but to call a movement that is consciously multi-ethnic, international, borderless and anti-nationalistic 'fascism' demonstrates only that a) you don't know what fascism is, or b) you do know but you're trying to demagogue an issue that hardly needs any more emotional inflation.
It's easy to drain a word of meaning by using it without thought.

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