The Progressive Dictionary: 7

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Aug 272011


The Free Dictionary: n. Reduced availability of goods, especially luxuries.

The Progressive Dictionary: n. Reduction in the rate of growth of government spending that can lead to, among other things, the requirement for employees of government to contribute more to their pension funds.

The Progressive Dictionary: 6

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Aug 262011


The Free Dictionary: n. Absence of interest in or enthusiasm for things generally considered interesting or moving.

The Progressive Dictionary: n. Absence of interest in or enthusiasm for politics, attributable only to either philosophical defects in the subject or the use of a first-past-the-post system of voting within the subject’s country of residence.

Aug 232011


The Free Dictionary: n. The money invoiced by a business enterprise in exchange for providing goods or services, for any service the use of  free invoice tools is essential for a positive financial management; the money paid to an investor from the profits of a business enterprise.

Revenue is the income generated from normal business operations and includes discounts and deductions for returned merchandise. It is the top line or gross income figure from which costs are subtracted to determine net income.

The Progressive Dictionary: n. Tax.


The Free Dictionary: n. A compulsory fee levied by a government.

The Progressive Dictionary: n. Revenue; the money paid to the government by its residents in exchange for the promise of a civilised society.

To help fund public works and services—and to build and maintain the infrastructures used in a country—the government usually taxes its individual and corporate residents. The tax collected is used for the betterment of the economy and all living in it. In the U.S. and many other countries in the world, taxes are applied to some form of money received by a taxpayer. The money could be income earned from salary, capital gains from investment appreciation, dividends received as additional income, payment made for goods and services, etc.

A percentage of the taxpayer’s earnings or money is taken and remitted to the government. Payment of taxes at rates levied by the state is compulsory, and tax evasion—the deliberate failure to pay one’s full tax liabilities—is punishable by law. Most governments use an agency or department to collect taxes; in the United States, this function is performed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Aug 222011


The Free Dictionary: n. An industry in which mechanical power and machinery are employed.

The Progressive Dictionary: n. One of the few types of honest labour, the increase of which is the solution to all economic woe, involving a highly unionised workforce carrying out manual toil in the production of physical goods intended for consumption.

Aug 202011

In my two-and-a-half years’ worth of blogging, I have found myself forced to consider the writings, sayings, and policy papers of those whose politics are opposite, and antithetical, to my own. I delved into the pronouncements of the left and, in so doing, discovered that it has its own rhetorical world. But not only that: I discovered that, in large part, the left’s rhetorical world is everyone’s. Its pseudologisms and weasel words—its perniciously equivocal vocabulary and taxonomy—infect public life and the body politic. In the rhetorical world given us by the left, a thing is not a thing: every term has a second meaning, a connotation, an interpretation. Words bear more loads for the left than structural steel.

Not to say this practice isn’t also prevalent on the right, or indeed anywhere else. In-groups always have their own meta-language. But the left have made their meta-language the language everyone has to speak.

I’d like to free these words from their role as beasts of burden.

And so I present to you a new series of posts which I will call the Progressive Dictionary. Words, and the load the left makes them carry. I’ve got a big long list to be starting with, but feel free to suggest your own.

And for your delectation, I’m going to begin with my two favourites.


The Free Dictionary: n. The using up of goods and services by consumer purchasing or in the production of other goods.

The Progressive Dictionary: n. The unnecessary and environmentally damaging using up of the earth’s scarce resources in the morally repugnant pursuit of conspicuous social status conferred by inequality.


The Free Dictionary: n. Lack of the means of providing material needs or comforts.

The Progressive Dictionary n. The unjust inability to engage in consumption (see above).