sex, violence, legalisms

“That’s like — it’s very vague. What does that mean, ‘outrages upon human dignity’? That’s a statement that is wide open to interpretation.” (source: nytimes)

“It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is” (source: bbc)

noted by tim burke – “He is using legalism as a pretext to engage in Orwellian violence against the meaning of words”.  evading the meanings of words, and hiding the right to decide their meaning in a strictly legal context, seems to be an effective way to subvert more democratic ways of thinking.  after all, if the matter is purely legal, what right does the public have to get involved?

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