How to talk like a libertarian for politics & conversation
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- Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2007 13:07:25 GMT
"Every free individual should share Ayn Rand's deep skepticism of plural
Plural pronouns reek of socialism, schizophrenia, and slavery."
For more information enjoy Ayn Rand's novella "Anthem." It is set in a
distant collectivist future, when every form and emblem of individualism has
been erased and society has reverted to a pre-industrial level. Its hero, a
scientist in a world where the pursuit of knowledge is a crime, discovers
the meaning of individual freedom.
What ever happened to possessives? Why don't they spell Walgreens as
"Walgreen's"? Why isn't Albertsons spelled as "Albertson's"? As an example
of capitalism, such stores should have marks of ownership! Make it plain to
everyone: "This store is mine!"
Rulers still love the first-person plural. As in this absurd comment: "We
owe it to ourselves."
Libertarian language focuses on individuals and eschews fictional groups.
That point was made in the following comments by David R. Henderson: I don't
know many libertarians who, in talking about the 1993 Clinton tax increase,
say, "We raised taxes." They're much more likely to say, "Clinton and
Congress raised taxes." In other words, they put the responsibility on the
people who acted." Henderson goes on to state that, in contrast, he knows
many people who will say, without the slightest hint of irony, "We bombed
Nagasaki" or "We went to war with Iraq." In other words, the clean language
of individualism that libertarians use in discussing domestic policy changes
to the dark, obfuscatory language of collectivism in discussing foreign
policy. Henderson continues: "But certain principles apply to government
action, and those principles don't become irrelevant in the government's
dealings with the people of other countries. It's important, for example,
that a government not kill innocent people, whether they are in the country
that that government governs or in another country."
That is a reminder of another British practice that was very recent: "Public
school" was a phrase used to mean what we would call "Private school."
Government schools were "government schools" and "state schools." It is
terrifying to think that the example set by the government in the USA
probably did a lot to destroy both British practices.
Professor Rex Curry coined "rexisms" related to the topic:
Never say "public school" and always say "government school" and "state
school" instead. http://rexcurry.net/schoolwords.html
Never say "public property" and always say "government property" instead.
Everyone should refer to his social security number as "My socialist slave
Eschew the abbreviation "USSR" and always say "Union of Soviet Socialist
Never say the hackneyed shorthand for "National Socialist German Workers'
Party" and use the full accurate name of the party instead.
Help educate others about the entire socialist "Wholecaust" (of which the
Holocaust was a part): 60 million slaughtered under the Union of Soviet
Socialist Republics; 50 million under the Peoples' Republic of China; 20
million under the National Socialist German Workers' Party.
Libertarian speaking habits help reverse widespread ignorance about the
actual meaning of shorthand terms and ignorance of history.
The book "Linguistic Engineering: Language and Politics in Mao's China" by
Dr. Fengyuan Ji is fascinating and more educational than any government
school (socialist school). The Author is a lecturer in Asian studies at the
University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
When Mao and his socialist sycophants took control in 1949, they were
determined to impose their dogma on everyone to create "revolutionary human
beings." An intricate instrument of ideological brainwashing was a massive
government program of linguistic engineering. They forced a new political
vocabulary, imposed socialist meanings on old words, censored words that
conveyed "incorrect" ideas, and mandated slogans, stock phrases, and scripts
that set "correct" linguistic mode to "correct" thought. The asinine killers
assumed that mind-numbing repetition would change reality and engender
socialist beliefs, and make sick socialism work.
Dr. Ji's book provides wonderful comparisons to works by the linguist Dr.
Rex Curry, author of "Learn the Language of Liberty" and "Liberty & Language
Dr. Ji's book explores the effectiveness of linguistic engineering by
evaluating research on the connection between language and thought (an
introductory chapter). In later chapters, Dr. Ji follows the roots of
linguistic engineering in China. Her book exposes its origins in the early
development of socialism in China. She examines the frightening and unique
manipulation of language during the Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976. The
book reveals the unprecedented types of linguistic engineering used in
Mao-worship, exegetical principles, class struggle, the Great Leap Forward
(a phrase that exemplifies linguistic engineering), land reform,
revolutionary violence, personal relationships, Public Criticism Meetings,
Red Guard activism, and the teaching of other languages (foreign languages,
including English). Dr. Ji re-interprets Mao's methods in the initial stages
of the Cultural Revolution, showing how he cynically manipulated language
and ideas to trap and frame opponents. The work concludes with an evaluation
of the sad successes and frightening failures of linguistic engineering and
a description of how the socialists relaxed their dictatorial directives
after Mao went to burn in hades.
The book is powerfully argued. It makes innovative offers to all those with
a love of liberty and language and the psychology of persuasion.
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