The smartest thinkers at Vox strike again, this time explaining why Justice Scalia has no idea what he’s saying in his dissent on today’s ruling upholding Obamacare:
Huh? Let Yglesias ‘splain things for you:
Dissenting in the King v. Burwell case, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia complained that “words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is ‘established by the state.'” This is an amusing piece of trolling, but the reality is that words have never “had meaning” in the kind of way Scalia thinks.
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The letters “paragraf” in my paragraph above do not form a proper sentence of the English language. But the meaning of the sentence to understand a phrse or paragraf or an entire txt rekwires the use of human understanding and contextual infrmation not just a dctionry is clear despite the inclusion of many non-words. This is because meaning isn’t built from the ground up by assembling individual word-bits. It’s constructed holistically.
No, we’re not sure that he does get it.