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Old January 4, 2013, 12:19 PM   #78
Evan Thomas
Join Date: July 7, 2008
Location: Upper midwest
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Originally Posted by Alabama Shooter
Not yet. But society is getting there. Due to the stigma of mental illness in the US (and many other places) if you can successfully brand your enemies as mentally ill than you will cut off a level of support for them and osctracize them.
True, and it's a pity that this is often what people mean by "debate."

And if you use a fancy-sounding term like "----phobe," it's harder for those to whom you're applying it to start using it self-referentially, with a kind of ironic pride (cf. "gun nut").
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