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Undefined = Untrustworthy

Posted by Michael Dolan on November 1, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Even if you don’t agree with his politics, it’s easy to agree with Thomas Sowell’s idea of why vague phrases are used to manipulate voters.

Plans to “soak the rich,” for example, are popular but unrealistic and lack factual basis, writes the senior fellow at the Hoover Institute

“Whether in politics or in the media, words are increasingly used, not to convey facts or even allegations of facts, but simply to arouse emotions,” he says. “Undefined words are a big handicap in logic, but they are a big plus in politics, where the goal is not clarity but victory — and the votes of gullible people count just as much as the votes of people who have common sense.”

 

See more: http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2015/10/21/politicians-words-n2068012/page/2

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