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Adventures in Hyphenization

By Matthew Yglesias  

"Adventures in Hyphenization"

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From Newt Gingrich’s new book:

In the 20th Century, America fought and defeated Nazism, Fascism, Imperialism and Communism — four existential threats to our survival.

In this century, America is facing two different kinds of threats, though no less grave. This time, the threat does not come from nation-state superpowers, but from non-state networks, each pursuing an agenda based upon radical ideologies. The first motivates non-state terrorist networks to kill Americans both here and abroad. But even more disturbing than the threats from foreign terrorists is a second threat that is right here at home. It is an ideology so fundamentally at odds with historic American values that it threatens to undo the cultural ethics that have made our country great. I call it “secular-socialism.”

Why on earth is this hyphenated? Why not “secular socialism”?

The larger story here is how ill-led conservatives are by their leaders. Lots of people think abortion should be illegal and prefer lower taxes. Those people don’t need to be lied to by greedy opportunists like Gingrich who are trying to terrify them to sell more books.

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