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Talking Right: How Conservatives Turned Liberalism into a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi-Eating, Volvo-Driving, New York Times-Reading, Body-Piercing, Hollywood-Loving, Left-Wing Freak Show

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Geoffrey Nunberg breaks new ground with this fierce and funny narrative of how the political right has ushered in a new world order, aided unwittingly by the liberal media. Democrats are well known for their "lousy bumper stickers," as Joe Klein puts it. As liberals wade through the semantics of "social security lockbox," "single payer," and other wonky locutions, the right has become harder, meaner and better at getting out the message: the estate tax became the more menacing "death tax" and a contentious ...

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Geoffrey Nunberg breaks new ground with this fierce and funny narrative of how the political right has ushered in a new world order, aided unwittingly by the liberal media. Democrats are well known for their "lousy bumper stickers," as Joe Klein puts it. As liberals wade through the semantics of "social security lockbox," "single payer," and other wonky locutions, the right has become harder, meaner and better at getting out the message: the estate tax became the more menacing "death tax" and a contentious education initiative was wrapped in the comforting (and memorable) blanket of "No Child Left Behind." But Nunberg shows that the real story is more subtle than just a bumper sticker war. Conservatives' main goal wasn't to win voters over to their positions on healthcare, education, or the environment. They had a much more dramatic ambition. By changing the meaning of words like "values," "government," "liberal"; "faith," and "freedom," conservatives have shifted the political center of gravity of the language itself to the right. "Whatever our politics," Nunberg observes, "when we talk about politics nowadays, we can't help using language that embodies a conservative world-view."

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COMMNunberg (Sch. of Information, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Going Nucular) more narrowly focuses on how the Right has taken control of the common political language to move our national politics steadily toward the conservative point of view. Words with powerful symbolic meaning, such as patriotism and terrorism, have been appropriated by conservatives and used skillfully to further their political agenda. As an example, Nunberg notes how the word elite has been narrowed to describe more liberal sectors of society, such as academics or the media, rather than referring to corporate or military leaders who exercise real power. This hijacking of the language is tied to the Right's powerful use of storytelling, going back to the 1960s and then epitomized by Ronald Reagan. Nunberg argues that for Democrats to return to power they must take back the language and tell stories that engage listeners. Recommended for public and academic libraries. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781586483869
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.68 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Nunberg is a linguist who teaches at the Berkeley School of Information. He is chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary. Since 1989, he has done a language feature on NPR's "Fresh Air," and his commentaries on language and politics are regularly seen in the Sunday New York Times and other publications. A winner of the Linguistic Society of America's Language and the Public Interest Award, he is also the author of The Way We Talk Now and Going Nucular. Nunberg lives in San Francisco, California.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 A loss for words 7
Ch. 2 The shadow of language 19
Ch. 3 Trashing the L-word 41
Ch. 4 Class dismissed 49
Ch. 5 The Volvo dodge 63
Ch. 6 Color wars 73
Ch. 7 I married an elite 85
Ch. 8 "Values" play 105
Ch. 9 On the pavement, thinking about the government 121
Ch. 10 Old bottles, new whines 151
Ch. 11 The war on "truth" 169
Ch. 12 Is this a great country, or what? 187
Ch. 13 Conclusion : tell me a story 201
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2007

    Could have written been better

    I liked the concept of this book from the start however, the writing left me bored. I got the feeling that Nunberg really just wanted to rip on the right more than write a book that ripped on the right's hijacking of political language. Frankly, the book read like a textbook, which considering the author, might have been the whole point. Furthermore, I think his use of grammar ranked pretty low. I have very little tolerance for authors, no matter how famous they have become, that end sentences with prepositions or split infinitives.

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