Dog whistle?

I don't care for the overuse of the term "dog whistle" in modern political discourse, as it too often tries to imply that someone secretly believes something other than what they are actually saying, with little evidence.

For instance, saying you support "state's rights" in the US might mean to YOU that you support the Constitutional notion of dual-soveriegnty of States versus the Federal enumerated powers. To someone else, they may accuse you of using a racist "dog whistle" because you know the South claimed state's rights which led to the Civil War, etc.

In reality...most people I know who say "states rights" actually mean they support I have traditionally given short shrift to this notion of "dog whistle politics".

That said...when someone uses "Blood and Soil" in an article talking about American culture, etc. THAT IS TOTALLY A NEO NAZI DOG WHISTLE. Mostly, it's due to the larger public being ignorant of the origins of the phrase in "Blut and Boden" which was a Nazi nationalist phrase. Blut and Boden was in turn based on previous notion of "Lebensraum" in decades prior used by Imperial Germany under the Kaiser.


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