Vocabulary and the Importance of Framing

Here we are debating the word nonprofit and the newish KLD blog is asking for a new phrase to replace “antitrust” (Antitrust laws are commonly understood to outlaw monopolies):

So, we now have a term – antitrust – unrelated to any contemporary experience or practice. Its meaninglessness inhibits public debate on the two concepts underlying it that continue to roil American economic life.

We lack the words to debate whether we should continue the policy of the last 30 years of attempting to regulate (or deregulate) large economic entities, or should return to the rule that they should be limited in scale and scope.

The need for new words is urgent.

KLD is an interesting organization. Go check out their blog.