March 3, 2003

Political definitions, political power…

Is it “global warming” or “climate change”? Is it an “inheritance tax” or a “death tax”?

The answers to these questions, and thousands like them, are not trivial. The answers determine the course of policy because politics is a battle of definitions. And the battle is “won” when citizens, journalists, and politicians accept one term over other possible terms as an accurate description of reality (or, rather, experience).

For more on how words shape policy and the political process, check out this article in The New York Times.

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