mentioned an interesting article on his program where it talks about two terms that we often talk about a lot but that are not always defined -- socialism and capitalism. I would argue that it is vital for people who are discussing political issues to have common definitions, otherwise communication becomes difficult if not impossible.
Here is an excerpt from the article by Frances Moore Lappe in Alternet.
Why Are We Afraid of Saying "Socialism"?
Knee-jerk reactions to words like "socialism" and "capitalism" get us nowhere. We need to first define the terms.
By Frances Moore Lappé, AlterNet
Posted on March 30, 2010, Printed on March 31, 2010
“Socialist” has become the new favorite term of derision--working its fear-making magic because, for many Americans, socialism equals the great “government takeover.” It’s assumed to be not just un-American but downright anti-American. Tea Partiers at their round up in Searchlight, Nevada, told us that “socialist” Harry Reid “hates America.”
Our national aversion to the S-word isn’t necessarily a problem. But the term’s rapid rise as a political pot-shot, points to a huge problem: our culture’s lack of a common civic language, words on whose meaning we at least vaguely agree. Without it, we can’t hope to talk to one another about what matters most.
“We have a language of capitalism. We have a language of Marxism. But we have no language of democracy,” historian Lawrence Goodwyn once remarked.
And we need one.