[ExI] META: Overposting (psychology of morals)

F. C. Moulton moulton at moulton.com
Sat Mar 5 07:44:36 UTC 2011

On 03/04/2011 06:41 PM, Damien Sullivan wrote:
> Almost all political and philosophical labels are subject to drift if
> not hijacking.
 This can be said of many terms in different parts of the English
language.  And I seem to recall reading that the term libertarian was
used in philosophy prior to it to describe a political position.

As for the chart attempting to show the USA to Europe and Rest of World
mapping: well it is useful but not completely accurate.  For example the
term libertarian is used by organizations in the UK in much the same
manner that it is used in the USA.  So we already see linguistic change
happening in UK and also in other parts of Europe where the difference
in definition and usage are changing.    However we need to remember
that large populations do not always adopt new usages simultaneously.  
The use of the them "crazy" in your chart really detracts from the chart
and I suggest you drop those three lines.  That will make it more useful
and might induce someone to spend some time doing modifications.


> many-to-many bidirectional mapping of terms:
> USA           Europe/world
> liberal        social democrat
> libertarian    liberal
> socialist      libertarian
> anarchist      libertarian
> socialist      social democrat
> conservative   liberal [small gov't]
> conservative   crazy   [God and race, or really small gov't]
> crazy          conservative  [church and king]
> socialist      conservative  [universal health care]
> anarcho-capitalist  crazy
> -xx- Damien X-) 
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