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I don’t want a f*(^ing dialogue. Nor do I want a conversation.

Seriously, the most overused words in Denver have to be dialogue and conversation.  It’s like mum and apple pie, who can be against "making everyone part of the dialogue" or " having a national conversation" about X?  Except it’s fake, there’s no freakin’ dialogue on most issues: a few people have opinions which matter and most of the rest of us don’t.  This is the fundamental reality of our time.  60% of Americans can be for something, and Congress feels perfectly free to ignore them. Dialogue in insider-speak means "lets study this and do nothing to actually solve it."

Or as Inigo Motoya once said "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

(Bonus irritations: "in the 21st century" and "today’s world".  No, actually, every problem is not so much worse now than, say in the 30’s, or when facing down the Soviet Union..  K?  Thanks.)

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Ian Welsh

Ian Welsh

Ian Welsh was the Managing Editor of FireDogLake and the Agonist. His work has also appeared at Huffington Post, Alternet, and Truthout, as well as the now defunct Blogging of the President (BOPNews). In Canada his work has appeared in and BlogsCanada. He is also a social media strategy consultant and currently lives in Toronto.

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