How “We” Obscure the Truth About Policy

Source: The American Spectator
by Veronique de Rugy

“The most dangerous pronoun discourse has nothing to do with gender identity. It’s the undefined ‘we’ in public policy debates that’s the problem.’ These are the words of Richard Morrison, a research fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Morrison identified ‘the fallacy of we,’ and I’m often guilty of committing it. I frequently say things like, ‘If we increase spending on this or that, it will cause some economic distortions.’ Who exactly is this ‘we?’ Certainly not me or most of you. … neither the borrowing nor the spending was done by you and me. It was done by some politicians in Congress, aided by the president, and with the assistance of some bureaucrats at the Department of the Treasury.” (01/12/22)