Words Matter: How Labels Kill Honest Discussion

War of the Words

As a lawyer, my late grandfather always had the mantra, “Words Matter.” From news organizations stating that a terrorist “claimed responsibility” for an attack, as if a dirty bomb was nothing more than street graffiti, to things like “the green movement” and “sustainable” which are used as a blanket statement for malicious legislation, he understood that the labels we put on issues can substantially change how we discuss them.

Now, we have another guy who understands. Words Matter.

My grandpa would love this.

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