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  • n. Alternative spelling of straw man.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an effigy in the shape of a man to frighten birds away from seeds
  • n. a weak or sham argument set up to be easily refuted
  • n. a person used as a cover for some questionable activity

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  • "But aside from the numerous strawman arguments found throughout the book, there are several points where economics are properly applied to food and agriculture and – the authors charge – prove that local food is a bad idea.
    But perhaps the opposite is true instead; that the models used in neoliberal economics do not accurately apply here."
    - Jill Richardson, 6 Bogus Economic Arguments Used to Trash Local Food, alternet.org, 5 July 2012.

    July 7, 2012