Political Terms 16-30.txt

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Political Terms 16-30.txt
2013-03-30 15:03:14
Political Terms 16 30

Political Terms 16-30
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  1. 16. absolutism
    the principle or the exercise of complete and unrestricted power in government
  2. 17. a priori (ey prahy-awr-ahy)
    from cause to effect; from a general law to a particular instance; valid independently of observation; existing in the mind prior to and independent of experience, as a faculty or character trait; presumed, without examination or analysis
  3. 18. anarchy
    absence of government
  4. 19. bi-partisan
    both sides working together
  5. 20. bureaucracy
    officials using fixed rules and a hierarchy of authority characterized by red tape, delay, and/or inaction
  6. 21. censure
    to criticize sharply; an official reprimand as by a legislative body of one of its members
  7. 22. charlatan
    a faker; a fraud; a person practicing quackery or some similar confidence trick in order to obtain money, fame or other advantages via some form of pretense or deception
  8. 23. clandestine
    secret; covert; characterized by, done in, or executed with secrecy or concealment, especially for purposes of subversion or deception; private or surreptitious
  9. 24. debunk
    to expose a sham or falseness by presenting a truthful explanation
  10. 25. dialectic
    art of practice of a logical discussion as of the truth of a theory or opinion
  11. 26. doublespeak
    language deliberately constructed to disguise its actual meaning
  12. 27. Gestapo
    the German state secret police during the Nazi regime
  13. 28. laissez-faire (les-ey fair)
    the theory or system of government that upholds the autonomous character of the economic order, believing that government should intervene as little as possible in the direction of economic affairs; the practice or doctrine of noninterference in the affairs of others, especially with reference to individual conduct or freedom of action
  14. 29. recession
    a downturn in economic activity marked by two consecutive quarters in which there is a decline in real gross national product (GNP)
  15. 30. truthiness
    a satirical term coined by Stephen Colbert used to describe people stating concepts they want to believe, rather than the facts; truthiness is felt emotionally and disregards actual evidence or intellectual examination