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Obama tries to defuse anger over healthcare reforms

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 18 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3385

Conservatives and Liberals

The eternal conflict between conservatives (fundamentalists) and liberals
(humanists) is, in part, linguistic. The former adhere to literal and denotative
language, while the latter adhere to figurative and connotative language.
Perhaps this conflict reflects a fallacy of false choices, because both kinds of
language are equally valid and not mutually exclusive. So let's syncretically
reconcile our political and religious differences, by increasing our semantic
tolerance of language.

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21 August 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA