Thursday, February 23, 2006

Progressive vs. Liberal

I heard the liberal mayor of Eugene, Oregon, on the Al Franken Show last week saying she prefers liberal over progressive. Wrong. I am proud to be a liberal, but progressive is the better term. Why? Because it implies that the other side is regressive. This is pure Lakoff -- he points out that Bushco uses the term "tax relief" because it implies that there is something that is painful and requires relief. So progressive gives us lots of opportunities to call the other side regressive without actually saying it.


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