Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Covering your tracks -- more or less

As Atrios points out, Judge Robert H. Dierker uses the term "femifascist" to disguise where his thinking comes from. I'm of course reminded of Alan Dershowitz, who did just the opposite: he thought he was quoting Orwell but was really quoting his real source, the discredited Joan Peters. (Strikingly, both authors choose words -- femifascist and turnspeak -- which are clearly uglier than the original feminazi and newspeak. Not to defend the term feminazi, but at least it's memorable. )

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