Viral internet in-jokes have become a dog whistle and potent force in the 2016 presidential race, says Brad Kim of Know Your Meme.
"Still, what do you expect of a society whose priorities are so self-loathingly out of whack that there are 300 HMRC employees investigating tax evasion of over £70bn, and 3,250 Department of Work and Pensions bods chasing down £1.2bn of benefit fraud."
Britain’s tax code is an incredible 17, 000 pages long, surely a dog-whistle to the very rich
I asked people who legally avoid tax why the tax system is long, complex...
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Dog-whistle politics is political messaging employing coded language that appears to mean one thing to the general population but has an additional, different or more specific resonance for a targeted subgroup. The phrase is only ever used as a pejorative, because of the inherently deceptive nature of the practice and because the dog-whistle messages are frequently themselves distasteful, for example by empathizing with racist attitudes. It is an analogy to dog whistles, which are built in such a way that their high-frequency whistle is heard by dogs, but is inaudible to humans.
The term can be distinguished from "code words" used by hospital staff or other specialist workers, in that dog-whistling is specific to the political realm, and the messaging referred to as the dog-whistle has an understandable meaning for a general audience, rather than being incomprehensible.
Origin and meaningAccording to William Safire, the phrase may have been borrowed from the field of opinion polling. Safire quotes Richard Morin, director of polling for The Washington Post, as writing in 1988 that "subtle changes in question-wording sometimes produce remarkably different results. ... researchers call this the 'Dog Whistle Effect': Respondents hear something in the question that researchers do not," and speculates that campaign workers adapted the phrase from political pollsters.
In her book Voting for Jesus: Christianity and Politics in Australia, academic Amanda Lohrey writes that the goal of the dog-whistle is to appeal to the greatest possible number of electors while alienating the smallest possible number. She uses as an example Australian politicians using broadly-appealing words such as "family" and "values" which have extra resonance for Christians, while avoiding overt Christian moralizing that might be a turn-off for non-Christian voters.
Most often, it is left-wing observers accusing right-wing politicians of dog-whistling, rather than the reverse.
Australian political theorist Robert E. Goodin argues that the problem with dog-whistling is that it undermines democracy, because if voters have different understandings of what they were supporting during a campaign, the fact that they were seeming to support the same thing is "democratically meaningless" and does not give the dog-whistler a policy mandate.
Ex-UBS Banker Seeks Billions for Blowing Whistle
By LYNNLEY BROWNING
Bradley C. Birkenfeld, who helped American clients illegally evade taxes and then helped the United States government find them, could reap a giant reward.What does blow the whistle mean? Blowing the whistle
is calling attention to wrongdoing.
Hazy Future for S.E.C.'s Blossoming Whistle-Blower Effort
By BEN PROTESS and NATHANIEL POPPER
The Securities and Exchange Commission's program is at a crossroads as some Wall Street firms make it difficult for employees to talk and lawyers criticize it for slow responses.
S.E.C. on the Hot Seat: As it prepares politically contentious final rules on corporate whistle-blowers, the Securities and Exchange Commission has come under renewed criticism about the revolving door involving its own employees, writes Peter J. Henning in the White Collar Watch column for DealBook.
The Standard Atomic Bomb Is Pathetic
If you're going to worry about an attack, you should worry about an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). It would fry everything electronic in America and kill millions of people.
Whether bitter or sweetened, the tea is winning admirers. According to the latest CBS News/New York Times poll, roughly 1 in 5 adult Americans identifies with the Tea Party movement, which scored its first major victory last month when Republican Scott Brown won the Massachusetts Senate seat long held by the late Democrat Ted Kennedy. Brown's promises to bolster U.S. defenses against terrorists and block Obama's health care reforms gave him a blinding Tea Party aura, the glow of which sent fear through the Administration and fried the circuits of Congress.
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