In English speech, it's perfectly normal to refer to the capitalization of a term to clarify if it's a proper noun or not—"The party's new approach is small-c conservative", because the listener can't hear capitalisation. But should one do this in writing, since the reader can already see the capitalisation? Is it redundant to write "small-c conservative" or "capital-t Truth", or just acceptable as part of pleonasm?
I have noticed that many respectable publications write out the redundant phrase, but the mere fact that this is often written out doesn't necessarily make it good writing....
For example, from a recent article in The Guardian (emphasis added):
Not that long ago, people who lived in such places were largely assumed to be small-c conservative, and fond of the kind of lifestyle choices that went with that kind of outlook: golf, washing one’s car on a Sunday morning, keeping up with the proverbial Joneses.
Or from a review article in the New Republic:
If this penchant for fabulism is so deeply baked into Dylan’s DNA, then why should anyone reasonably expect that his private manuscripts or personal letters would adhere any more to the capital-t Truth?