On Political Labels

“But that’s socialism,” Mr. Bates said with an involuntary sneer.

“You can never win an argument with me by saying ‘But that’s socialism’ and then standing back smugly as though you’ve accomplished something,” Mr. Magundi replied. “We’re all adults here; we’re long past the age of calling people names. Tell me that my proposal will ruin the nation; tell me it will make halfwit imbeciles of us all; tell me it will expose us to the machinations of our enemies. Argue with it, for heaven’s sake. But don’t just call it names, because I won’t listen to you. I may not listen to you anyway, but certainly not if you talk like that.”

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