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Post Neon Knight on Sat 9 Feb - 8:00

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6679673/Scientific-proof-Left-wing-liberals-lecture-Right-wing-politicians-talk-straight.html Quoting:

Liberal across the decade have been criticised for their hectoring tone. Now a scientific study has confirmed left-wing politicians really do have a tendency to lecture people on their beliefs. Researchers who analysed more than 380,000 speeches, including those given by Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown, have concluded that 'liberals lecture' while, in comparison, 'conservatives communicate'.

The analysis is based on the complexity of the language used by the politicians, including long-winded sentences and difficult words. Conservatives, whose lives have been claimed to be 'more orderly, conventional and neat', use simpler language. Liberals, who may have a higher tolerance for ambiguity, use complex language or 'lecture'.

Dr Martijn Schoonvelde, of University College Dublin, said: 'Conservatives speak in more simple language which, by and large, is more easily understood by the public. Liberals use longer words and longer sentences, maybe because they speak like that or perhaps because that is what the people they are addressing want. Gordon Brown and Nick Clegg fit that pattern for liberal speaking patterns just like liberal politicians in the US and across Europe.'

The speeches analysed were given between 1945 and 2015, across 10 European countries including the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and the UK. A computer algorithm, which scored almost 800 British speeches, counted the average word length and average number of words per sentence. The difference in the liberal and conservative approach is given for former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his successor in Downing Street, Conservative David Cameron. Both made speeches on similar issues of social justice, but Mr Brown's words were 'much more complex', giving one long sentence where his Tory counterpart used several short ones . . .

The study found that, in the age of the soundbite, political speeches are getting simpler over time. But the House of Commons may have retained its windbags, as the only parliament analysed where speeches are becoming more complex. Donald Trump has been accused of speaking 'like a fifth-grader', with his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton using more complex language as both ran for President.

Shorter and clearer sentences may appeal to conservative individuals because they have a higher need for closure and prefer more certain statements, according to the study. Compound sentences with multiple clauses are more ambiguous so may appeal more to liberals who are generally more open-minded and tolerant of ambiguity.




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Post Neon Knight on Fri 22 Feb - 19:52

I recently came across a good example of this liberal use of vague language. It's by Grace Blakely (an economics commentator) from Twitter https://twitter.com/graceblakeley She starts off okay:

"The resurgence of the left around the world isn't the result of some mad fluke - it reflects deep changes in the balance of power in society, driven by even deeper changes in the nature of economic accumulation."

then:

"Well, its a dialectic mediated by institutions. Which is what makes crisis so crucial - when institutional settlements break down it creates the kind of radical contingency that makes agency even more important, when history moves based on the ideas that are lying around (ie now)."

I still haven't figured out what a 'radical contingency' is Confused

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Post OsricPearl on Mon 25 Feb - 4:27

I think that it means nothing. They use intentionally vague language to mislead people. Some are fooled into think that they must be saying something intelligent because it's incomprehensible. Others are too vain to say that it sounds like nonsense, lest everyone else think them stupid.
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