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When Magical Thinking Enters the Arena
TheCollegeConservative ^ | 04/02/2012 | Amy Lutz

Posted on 04/01/2012 11:56:53 PM PDT by gabriellah

I was recently awoken from a Zyrtec-induced (allergies are the worst) stupor in my American Revolution seminar class when I heard my professor make an off-handed comment about “magic words.” Having recently spent an undisclosed number of hours watching multiple Harry Potter movies, I assumed that he was referring to words like “Wingardium Leviosa” shouted with a swish and flick of a magic wand. Needless to say, I was a little off. The magic words he meant have probably never echoed through the halls of Hogwarts, yet they have become unbelievably common in our cultural vernacular.

What my professor meant was words like “feminism,” “social justice,” and “fair share;” words whose meanings are perpetually twisted and stretched to fit a political agenda. Substantially speaking, these words are nothing more than fluff. They rely not on rationality, but on emotion. “Feminism” invokes feelings of female empowerment; “social justice,” feelings of equality and solidarity. For me, the words “fair share” usually evoke anger and frustration because of the common misuse of the phrase, but those “magic words” are intended also to invoke feelings of fairness and equality. While these “magic words” or broader—“magical thinking” are useful during campaign speeches, on holidays, or at memorials, when applied to public policy, they take a far more sinister turn.

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TOPICS: Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: feminism; left; magic

1 posted on 04/01/2012 11:56:58 PM PDT by gabriellah
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OBAMAOBLAMO, OBLAMO THE MENDACIOUS
2 posted on 04/02/2012 12:24:10 AM PDT by FrankR
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To: gabriellah

Excellent insights, Amy..Thanks!


3 posted on 04/02/2012 2:48:41 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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Hell no. Post it here.

No hits for you.

4 posted on 04/02/2012 3:33:40 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: gabriellah
Excellent article by Amy -- thanks for posting, Gabriella.

Make Mine Freedom

Cheers!

5 posted on 04/02/2012 4:08:47 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: gabriellah

“White hispanic” is more magical hogwash.


6 posted on 04/02/2012 5:45:51 AM PDT by bgill
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To: humblegunner

And what is so terrible, so onerous, about clicking on a link to “The College Conservative”? So what if it’s a blog? How is that worse than clicking on a link to the National Review Online or other conservative sites that are also opinion?


7 posted on 04/02/2012 6:21:43 AM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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I don’t mean to cause a ruckus, or anything. But, really, what is all the fuss about bloggers linking to their blogs about? I simply don’t understand the hoorah. Who cares if they get a hit, or not.

Just curious, don’t really care.


8 posted on 04/02/2012 6:29:17 AM PDT by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man. Never trust anyone who hasn't been punched in the face)
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