Laws against sedition have historically been used by insecure officials to punish critics.

(Lev Radin/ZUMAPRESS/Newscom)

In the wake of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, a popular new word in common usage is “sedition.” Horrified onlookers—and conniving power brokers—urge charging the participants and those who egged them on with “seditious conspiracy” under laws with a nasty history of politicized mischief. As such, “sedition” joins the recently popular “treason” on the list of overused and emotionally charged vocabulary terms with dangerous implications.

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