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Samizdata quote of the day

In politics, narrative is now less synonymous with events than with their exposure as a pack of lies. The relativists at Merriam-Webster cite Michael Grunwald in Time magazine (2012) on narrative as a pejorative: “The rise of the Tea Party and the weakness of the Obama economy have fuelled a Republican narrative about Big Government as a threat to liberty.” The Romans would recognise this implicit dismissal of other people’s narratives as a snarky refutatio, but some moderns may wonder if shooting the messenger in this manner is an epic self-own.

Dominic Green

4 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • CaptDMO

    From the U.S.: IMHO,
    Merriam-Webster joined, if not inspired, the ranks of Wikipedia, APA D&SMMD, assigned Democrat House Committee members, Google, The Nobel (and associated) Prize, the Pulitzer Committee, The Academy Awards,
    ACLU, CAIR, CDC, WHO, and UN, in their place as respected authority

    I’ll cite their “recognition” of ignorant Malaprop usage of “Podium” and “Lectern”.

  • The Sanity Inspector

    I prefer the term from 1980s politics, “spin”, over “narrative”.

  • Paul Marks

    When even the dictionaries are corrupted by Collectivism it is hard to have much hope.

    Of course Big Government is a threat to liberty.

    “Big Government” means high taxes and ever more regulations that order people about. Taking people’s money by the threat of violence, and ordering them about in every aspect of their lives (again with the threat of violence) is the death of liberty.

    In language that the compilers of dictionaries should understand – it is a threat to liberty BY DEFINITION.

  • Mr Ed

    Just a thought, if the good President Trump were to rename the ‘besieged’ Federal Courthouse in Portland after Barack H. Obama, wouldn’t it be great optics if it were still attacked by the Democratic-inspired mob?