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gesture politics

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  • n. action by a politician for motives of publicity or to influence public opinion

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  • "Once he was elected mayor, though, his far-left tendencies became visible more in what the English call 'gesture politics'--his chumminess with Hugo Ch├ívez, say, or his willingness to refer to George W. Bush as 'the greatest threat to life on this planet'--than in the policies he follows.

    The New Yorker, Capital Fellows, April 4, 2008, pg. 28

    April 10, 2008