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When You Hear “One Size Fits All,” Think “Universal”

The origins and expansion of a right-wing shibboleth

Once, the phrase “one size fits all” was a futuristic boast offered by manufacturers availing themselves of new, high-tech materials that stretched and flexed without tearing or deforming. Today, it’s a curse-word used to damn universal programs. What happened?




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