We're all familiar with the danger of euphemisms. It's so distressing when an ugly concept is drained of the power to frighten us, just because someone managed to attach a sanitized name to it. It's the simplest trick in the book: just call evil by a nicer name, and people really will believe it's a nicer thing. And so we have "reproductive healthcare" and "selective reduction" for abortion; "enhanced interrogation" for torture; "data mining" for spying on citizens.
But here's something just as distressing: when a worthy concept gets drained of its power just because not everyone is up to the challenge. Somehow, that frightens me even more than when sanitized words are used to...READ MORE