Words can be discombobulating, especially when people twist them to fit concepts that mean the exact opposite of what you think is being said.
Consider the current debate in Washington over the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a controversial trade and investment pact between the United States and nearly a dozen Pacific Rim countries.
This secretly negotiated deal is the exact opposite of a “liberal” reform. It hands a major portion of our people’s democratic sovereignty to giant multinational corporations.
Yet, lawmakers and pundits fronting for the corporations have disingenuously dubbed this a “liberalization” of global policies.
I was born at night, but it wasn’t last night.