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Guest Post: The Language Of Despotism

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Submitted by Bruce Thornton of The Hoover Institution,

Long before 1984 gave us the adjective “Orwellian” to describe the political corruption of language and thought, Thucydides observed how factional struggles for power make words their first victims. Describing the horrors of civil war on the island of Corcyra during the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides wrote, “Words had to change their ordinary meaning and to take that which was now given them.” Orwell explains the reason for such degradation of language in his essay “Politics and the English Language”: “Political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.”

Tyrannical power and its abuses comprise the “indefensible” that must be verbally disguised. The gulags, engineered famines, show trials, and mass murder of the Soviet Union required that it be a “regime of lies,” as the disillusioned admirer of Soviet communism Pierre Pascal put it in 1927.

Our own political and social discourse must torture language in order to disguise the failures and abuses of policies designed to advance the power and interests of the “soft despotism,” as Tocqueville called it, of the modern Leviathan state and its political caretakers. Meanwhile, in foreign policy the transformation of meaning serves misguided policies that endanger our security and interests.

One example from domestic policy recently cropped up in Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor’s dissent in the Schuette decision, which upheld the Michigan referendum banning racial preferences. In her dissent, Sotomayor called for replacing the term  “affirmative action” with “race-sensitive admissions.” But “affirmative action” was itself a euphemism for the racial quotas in use in college admissions until they were struck down in the 1978 Bakke decision. To salvage racial discrimination, which any process that gives race an advantage necessarily requires, Bakke legitimized yet another euphemism, “diversity,” as a compelling state interest that justified taking race into account in university admissions.

Thus the most important form of “diversity” for the university became the easily quantifiable one of race. Not even socio-economic status can trump it, as the counsel for the University of Texas admitted during oral arguments in Fisher vs. University of Texas last year, when he implied that a minority applicant from a privileged background would add more diversity to the university than a less privileged white applicant. All these verbal evasions are necessary for camouflaging the fact that any process that discriminates on the basis of race violates the Civil Rights Act ban on such discrimination. Promoting an identity politics predicated on historical victimization and the equality of result is more important than the principle of equality before the law, and this illiberal ideology must be hidden behind distortions of language and vague phrases like “race-sensitive” and “diversity.”

Another example can be found in the recently released report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The report is the basis for the government’s numerous policy and procedural suggestions to universities and colleges in order to help them “live up to their obligation to protect students from sexual violence.” Genuine sexual violence, of course, needs to be investigated, adjudicated, and punished to the full extent of the law by the police and the judicial system. But the “sexual assault” and “sexual violence” the Obama administration is talking about is something different.

At the heart of the White House report is the oft-repeated 2007 statistic that 20 percent of female college students have been victims of “sexual assault,” which most people will understand to mean rape or sexual battery. Yet as many critics of the study have pointed out, that preposterous number––crime-ridden Detroit’s rape rate is 0.05 percent––was achieved by redefining “sexual assault” to include even consensual sexual contact when the woman was drunk, and behaviors like “forced kissing” and “rubbing up against [the woman] in a sexual way, even if it is over [her] clothes.”

The vagueness and subjectivity of such a definition is an invitation to women to abandon personal responsibility and agency by redefining clumsy or boorish behavior as “sexual assault,” a phrase suggesting physical violence against the unwilling. As one analyst of the flawed study has reported, “three-quarters of the female students who were classified as victims of sexual assault by incapacitation did not believe they had been raped; even when only incidents involving penetration were counted, nearly two-thirds did not call it rape.” As many have pointed out, if genuine sexual assault were happening, colleges would be calling in the police, not trying the accused in campus tribunals made up of legal amateurs and lacking constitutional protections such as the right to confront and cross-examine one’s accuser.

What matters more than protecting college women against a phantom epidemic of rape, then, is the need to expand government power into the social lives of college students, empowering the federal bureaucrats, university administrators, and ideological programs like women’s studies that all stand to benefit by this sort of coercive intrusion. This enshrining of racial and sexual ideology into law through the abuse of language has had damaging consequences, whether for the minority college students mismatched with the universities to which they are admitted, thus often ensuring their failure and disillusion; or for the young women encouraged to abandon their autonomy and surrender it to government and education bureaucrats who know better than they how to make sense of their experiences and decisions.

In foreign policy, however, the abuse of language is positively dangerous. Since 9/11, our failure to identity the true nature of the Islamist threat and its grounding in traditional Islamic theology has led to misguided aims and tactics. Under both the Bush and Obama administrations, for example, the traditional Islamic doctrine of jihad––which means to fight against the enemies of Islam, which predominantly means infidels––has been redefined to serve the dubious tactic of flattering Islam in order to prevent Muslim terrorism.

Thus in 2008 the National Terrorism Center instructed its employees, “Never use the term jihadist or mujahideen in conversation to describe terrorists,” since “In Arabic, jihad means ‘striving in the path of God’ and is used in many contexts beyond warfare.” Similarly, CIA chief John Brennan has asserted that jihad “is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one’s community,” despite the fourteen centuries of evidence from the Koran, hadiths, and bloody history that jihad is in fact predominantly an obligatory armed struggle against the enemies of Islam. The reluctance to put Muslim violence in its religious context reflects not historical truth, but a public relations tactic serving the delusional strategy of appeasing Muslims into liking us.

That’s why, to this day, the 2009 murders of 13 military personnel at Fort Hood by Muslim Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan are still classified as “workplace violence” rather than an act of terror. This despite the fact that Hasan––whose business cards had the initials “SoA,” “Soldier of Allah,” on them––shouted the traditional Islamic battle cry “Allahu Akbar” during his rampage. Or that in a presentation at Walter Reed Hospital, Hasan had put up a slide with the great commission to practice jihad that Mohammed delivered in his farewell address: “I was ordered to fight all men until they say ‘There is no god but Allah.’” This command to wage jihad was echoed in 1979 by the Ayatollah Khomeini, revered as a “Grand Sign of God” for his theological acumen, and by Osama bin Laden in 2001. Those ignoring this venerable jihadist tradition must use verbal evasions like “workplace violence” and “striving in the path of God” to hide the indefensible––and failed––tactic of appeasement that prevents us from accurately understanding the religious motives of Muslim terrorists, and the extent of the Muslim world’s support for them.

No foreign policy crisis, however, is more illustrative of the “regime of lies” and abuse of language to serve “indefensible” aims than the conflict between Israel and the Arabs. The Arabs’ aim, of course, is to destroy Israel as a nation, a policy they have consistently pursued since 1948. Since military attacks have failed ignominiously, an international public relations campaign coupled to terrorist violence has been employed to weaken Israel’s morale and separate Israel from her Western allies. An Orwellian assault on language has been key to this tactic.

Examples are legion, but one is particularly insidious, here seen in a New York Times headline from 2011: “Obama Sees ’67 Borders as Starting Point for Peace Deal.” The common reference to “borders” in regard to what is in fact the armistice line from the 1948 Arab war against Israel is ubiquitous. Yet there has never been recognized in international law a formal “border” between Israel and what the world, in another Orwellian phrase, calls the “West Bank,” because that territory has never been part of a modern nation. Its only international legal status was as part of the British Mandate for Palestine, which was confirmed by the League of Nations in 1922, and which was intended as the national homeland for the Jewish people. The Arabs’ rejection of the U.N. partition plan and their invasion of Israel in 1948 put the territory’s status in limbo once Jordan annexed Judea and Samaria, which the international community with a few exceptions refused to recognize. In 1967 Israel took it back in another defensive war against Arab aggression. Since then, its final disposition has awaited a peace treaty that will determine the international border.

This may sound like quibbling over careless language, but the dishonest use of “border” reinforces and encodes in peoples’ minds the big lie of the conflict––that a Palestinian “nation” is being deprived of its “homeland” by Israel, a canard that didn’t become current among Arabs and the rest of the world until after the 1967 Six Day War. And this lie in turns validates the common use of “occupation”––which implies an illegal invasion into and control of another nation, as the Germans did to France in 1940––to describe Israel’s defensive possession of territories that have long served as launch pads for aggression against Israel. Until a peace treaty, the territory known as the “West Bank”––more accurately Judea and Samaria, the heartland of historical Israel for centuries––is disputed, not “occupied.”

To paraphrase Thucydides, words like “borders” and “occupation” have had their ordinary meanings changed, and been forced to take meanings that serve tyranny and aggression. And we who accept those new meanings are complicit in the resulting injustice that follows.

 

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Mon, 06/30/2014 - 19:46 | 4912034 Ignatius
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Propaganda is key to everything in these days of The Age of Advertising.

Far more pervasive and powerful than people give credit.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:25 | 4912164 SuperRay
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Bernays was an incredible influence on both the 20th and now the 21st century, and very few people even know who he was.  He thought most people were stupid.  Have to say, it's looking more and more like he was on to something...

 

 

http://www.whale.to/b/bernays.pdf

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:15 | 4913795 SameAsItEverWas
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Bernays was an incredible influence on both the 20th and now the 21st century, and very few people even know who he was.  He thought most people were stupid.  Have to say, it's looking more and more like he was on to something...

Thanks.  In his essay on the "smearout boys" Harry Barnes estimated that only approximately one out a million people are truly honest and fully intelligent.  That number seems about right to me, because in a metro area of half a million people, there seems to be less than a 50% chance of me finding other intelligent life here.

Yeah, have heard of Bernays, but am spending all my time reading Barnes since last November, and have mentioned him here often, but nobody even here at ZH has any interest whatsoever in the fact that arguably the greatest social scientist of the 20th century has been erased from their "collective mind."

Barnes used to write for the Chicago Tribune and the Scripps Howard newspapers after leaving academia so he was quite well-known from the 1940s and 1950s.  He left academia voluntarily because he felt that his warnings about the dangers of the new "1984 system" could reach more people by writing newspaper articles and going on (very popular) speaking tours  ... but the collective "totalitarian liberal" globalist war-mongering media empires have erased him from common knowledge by use of libelous defamation.  The only book of his that's currently in print is a paperback of the 1953 Caxton Press Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace.

I wrote here last night that we have no way of knowing how many others have been erased in this full implementation of the "1984 System."

Bernays, Barnes, ...  Who else?

You, Super Ray, are obviously not a zombie.

P.S.

Last month's posts from userxxxx are easily found with the following internet search field: domain:zerohedge.com userxxxx "june 2014"

The various 2014 posts here about Harry Barnes can be found with this: domain:zerohedge.com 2014 Harry Barnes

Have fun! 

 

 

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:56 | 4912291 snodgrass
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More Jewish propaganda. They give it the appearance of the truth but at the center it's about the Jewish war on Islam so greater Israhell can be created and blaming 9/11 on Muslims when it was Jews along with the American and British elite with help from others.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 22:17 | 4912548 Frankie Carbone
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Cute. Keep focusing on a scapegoat all the while taking your eyes off of the real problem. 

Aristocracy. 

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 22:27 | 4912587 Anusocracy
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"Cute. Keep focusing on a scapegoat all the while taking your eyes off of the real problem. "

 

Government, and the dupes who want it.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 00:34 | 4912796 sylviasays
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One example from domestic policy recently cropped up in Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor’s dissent in the Schuette decision, which upheld the Michigan referendum banning racial preferences. In her dissent, Sotomayor called for replacing the term  “affirmative action” with “race-sensitive admissions.”

Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor: put a burka on that affirmative action hack. 


Tue, 07/01/2014 - 00:48 | 4912888 snodgrass
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The only thing that "wise Latina" is suited for is cleaning hotel rooms or picking lettuce.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 19:50 | 4912046 max2205
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Rip off that band aid

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 19:53 | 4912060 I need Another Beer
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I am glad u folks are catching up with Mark Levin. Its fried mator season here. AMF

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:24 | 4912169 NidStyles
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What is with you randoms pushing particular characters as if any of us wanted an intellectual leader to go with our Spiritual and de-facto leader Obama...

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 19:54 | 4912062 Cognitive Dissonance
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Control the language and you control the mind since we all think in our spoken language. To do otherwise requires constant mindfulness and awareness, something few people wish to do when there are so many lovely distraction to pursue.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:04 | 4912078 Ignatius
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Identity politics and political correctness functions to split the traditional, working poor, working class left, weakening their power.  This fragmentation is conceptually the same shit going on in Iraq right now.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:31 | 4912198 nmewn
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Its a handy little device (political correctness is) for tyrants.

What was once free speech is now, only free speech if you say the correct things imposed by others. More often than not, the "imposers" are more vile than the one commiting "the crime" of free speech.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:12 | 4912113 teslaberry
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cog i read your article and while you point out that your extra 250 pounds of weight may have sunk the boat, i couldn't help thinking that had you been on the boat, you may have fixed the problems or helped turn it around and save your friends and fellow taxpayers a heap of trouble . 

 

maybe you should have gotten on the boat. you never know. could have turned out well....

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:20 | 4912153 Cognitive Dissonance
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Actually the boat sunk 100 feet from the dock without my weight. I was just considering if my additional weight might have hastened along the process.

And there was no 'fixing' things as I pointed out in the article. It was well past the point of fixing. A complete overhaul or scraping was in order. Just like what is needed when considering the state of affairs in the world today.

Yes, it might not have sunk as well this trip or the next. Please describe 'could have turned out well'. Do you mean not dying....or not sinking?  :)

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 16:04 | 4914987 teslaberry
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i know full well it was unfixable, that was the point of the story. i was just jerking your chain with the possibility you could have fixed it. 

maybe i'm devils advojerk. take me with a grain of spice. 

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 22:00 | 4912501 Anusocracy
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Sorry. Have to disagree.

If 98% of the population were anarchists instead of government-lovers, virtually none of this would work.

But government is shit and most people respond to it like flies - it's a match made in heaven.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 11:12 | 4913801 SameAsItEverWas
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pure solipsism and cliche, as always, but without the diarrhea

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 19:56 | 4912072 WillyGroper
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Whata load of crap.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:14 | 4913153 what's that smell
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another chance to kick them dirty no good satan loving arab mooslims around for a bit.

reverse discrimination, sexual assault, and 911 jihadies who hate israel?---WTF.

sex, 911, sex, 911, hate, sex, antisemites, jihad, sex, 911, drunk college sex, terror, 911, jihad, race baiting...

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:02 | 4912086 Reaper
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Words are tools. whose uses can be redirected. What happens is that logic requires agreement on the meaning of words. Those whose argument would fail logically, change the meaning of words and claim the prior logical conclusions apply with the new meanings. Lawyers, apologists and other fraudsters believe their redefinitions are a sign of their intellectual skill.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:06 | 4912093 adr
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The meaning of commerce has changed. Previously it meant producing items of value by and for people needing to purchase them to live and work.

Today commerce is producing items of little value in order to provide a basis to sell stock generating income so only the rich have access to items of real value.

The great depression was caused in part because the US overproduced and overvalued items based on rebuilding a war torn continent. Eventually this production would need to be pared back, resulting in massive overstock and un-needed labor. The USA was overproductive and overemployed. Only another war and destruction of a continent would bring back the production need. We are seeing the same thing again because the only way out of the mess is a return to producing based on need, or creating a false premise for overproduction to continue.

At least before, the goods produced found a home. Today the production is just wasted, overproduction used to feed the value of corporate shares. Near worthless product valued at 1000x to goose revenue. But instead of the population reaping the benefits of overproduction for a short while, they only get to watch 1% of the people massively increase thier wealth.

This isn't commerce. Business today adds no real value to the economy. Much of what is produced is never consumed, just sitting there talking away valuable resources that could have been used for something productive in the future. All helping to fuel the false scarcity that also allows for even more money to be made by the men who squeeze the balls of the productive.

We watch it played, the con game of The Tribe. Thier push to make us believe they actually provide something of value to the world. The silent war with the hidden victors. A few of us can see the battle lines, but most are blind. Distracted by the entertainment produced and disseminated by members of the most insidious creatures to ever walk the earth. The hidden war has heavy casualties, but like a dormant virus instead of a bullet. You won't know you were hit but you're already dead.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 21:49 | 4912459 SHRAGS
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Excellent comments about the system of overproduction.  This comes up in E.C Knuth's The Empire of the City in 1944 ( https://archive.org/details/TheEmpireOftheCity other copies are online as well) as a theme - A worthy follow-up would be James Shelby Thomas.

[Page 94]

The American standard of living was well illustrated in a discourse entitled "What the Machine Has Done to Mankind" presented at the 1937 Annual Meeting of the WesternSociety of Engineers by James Shelby Thomas, in which he stated that with only 7% of the population of the world we produce half of the food crops of this planet, that half of the world's communication system belongs to us, that we use half of the world's coffee and tin and rubber, 3-4th's of its silk, 1-3 of the coal and 2-3 of all the crude oil in the world; and then goes on to defend the cause of the machine against those that blame on it some of the ills of the world.
The American people lead the world in science and invention, but their geopolitical sense has not kept in step with developments, so there is cause to fear that in that respect the The United ited States is in the precarious predicament of the prehistoric dinosaur whose body grew too large for its head. Instead of ascribing the marvelous prosperity of the United States to its self-sufficiency and its isolation from the wars and the crushing burden of armaments and taxation that have kept the people of Europe in endless and hopeless poverty, a false theory has been created that this prosperity depends on eliminating other peoples from the markets of the world; a resurrection of the barbarous conceptions of biblical times in which conquering hosts put whole peoples to the sword.
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:10 | 4912102 Oldrepublic
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A quote from Orwell’s politics and the English language

Political language .. is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable,

Recent examples of the corruption of English, is the term Shelter in Place, an euphemism for marital law

As used in Watertown, MA and  Old Saybrook, CT

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:12 | 4912108 goldpercent
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Borders are dubious at best.  That said, the borders that are a perfectly straight line are the most dubious.  I postulate that one would fine a strong correlation between the number of straight lines making up a country's borders and the degree to which the country's origin is illegitimate/unnatural.  No offense.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:22 | 4912160 i_call_you_my_base
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Those boarders where there for a reason.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:35 | 4912218 teslaberry
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what does illegitimate and unnatural even mean? have you ever tried to look at the changing borders of europe for centuries, or how eastern expanding empire of russia  simply rolled over the siberian tribes. 

all borders are unnatural. the only natural thing is territorial control deriving from human force. 

why is it when a pack of dogs or a lion fights for territory or a termite mound defends from other termites we call this natural and we forget that humans are just another part of mother nature, violent as all fuck. 

it's all natural. formalism are the distraction of  human intellect layered over teh fundmental natural instinct of man to fuck and kill one another. 

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 21:24 | 4912374 goldpercent
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teslaberry, you make a very good point. 

So lets try this.  There is a correlation between the straightness of a border and the amount of violence needed to establish and maintain it.

I will acknowledge that I have yet to establish why this is interesting or why it matters.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 22:03 | 4912515 Oracle of Kypseli
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Borders that were made by agreement, convenience or dictated by the retreating colonial powers, especially when there is no known valuable beneath, are either strait lines or some physical barrier. 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:58 | 4913260 Nick Jihad
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umm, the US - Canada border? 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 19:14 | 4915639 goldpercent
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Yes.  Apparently having something to do with the U.S. wanting to avoiding a war with Great Britain as it was busy fighting with Mexico.  I think GB used the threat of violence in that case to hold on to the Canadian territories. And so the U.S. accepted a border along the 49th parallel vs just expanding all the way to Russia.  Any historians want to school me on this one?  Please.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:08 | 4912709 Anusocracy
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"and we forget that humans are just another part of mother nature, violent as all fuck.

 

A more accurate appraisal is Lorenz's description of man as the missing link between apes and humans or that savages and humans are the two tails on the bellcurve of mankind.

 

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:16 | 4912131 i_call_you_my_base
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Complain about 'sexual assualt' and then say that something should be labeled 'terror' - the most loaded word in use currently?

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:46 | 4912789 UselessEater
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Meh... ugrading a kitchen you don't need and can't afford is "good debt" cause it 'invests' in your "investment" home and buying a designer handbag is a fashion "investment"... you need to watch more tv dear sir, it harmonises your 'terror' complex nicely with having to speak PC and act PC while letting your kids to see Miss Cryus as a role model for self-expression in situations that cultivate extreme risk to them; oh and by watching more tv you'll see terror the way our various governments of the 5 Eyes species choose.

Note some /sarc was used in this comment which is not very PC as sarcasm risks the survival of the planet (which apparently is assured if we do not comply with Tavistock, Club of Rome.....toooo many to name).

 

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:19 | 4912149 william114085
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moral of the story: poor jews and israelis are getting the shaft from those in power and by the media.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:24 | 4912166 disabledvet
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In order to communicate we have to use language. Trying to "spin" everything is in the end self-defeating. "Why not tell the truth?" In so doing you might discover the ancient art of rhetoric actually. "a lie with a great purpose in mind."

Israel is a recognized state with recognized borders. Egypt has recognized this actually. "Just a tool in the tool box"? That's for the folks who feel like they're being used here to decide.

"If you build a wall you delineate a border." The whole thing is a mess...although the silence of Al "lies, and the lying liars who tell them" Franken remains deafening here.

The first draft of history is always the same: "is there a grasp of reality here?"

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:56 | 4912289 Jstanley011
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...redefining “sexual assault” to include even consensual sexual contact when the woman was drunk, and behaviors like “forced kissing” and “rubbing up against [the woman] in a sexual way, even if it is over [her] clothes.”

Like, you know, a blue dress... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiIP_KDQmXs

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:59 | 4912299 r0mulus
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The power of rhetoric is indeed worthy of concern but the writer's lack of command of historical facts leads me to conclude that this is a flawed piece.

But good point that the political rhetoric of power is indeed dangerous, absolutely.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 21:03 | 4912309 Ban KKiller
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I am simple. Doubleplus good!

So now I can't believe in pictures or words. I will have to rely on actions observed.  It was so hot I watered the tomatoes twice.

Orwell was scary for me when I read him in 1970 as 1984 was the future. That  I knew the truth at an early age hasn't stopped the fascist oligarchy.

Consider using "fascist oligarchy"  when speaking of our current state of affairs.

Have a better term?

 

 

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 21:15 | 4912348 Flammonde
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Hoover Institute lies with words constantly as if they were on some Jihad for the almighty Dollah.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:53 | 4912754 sylviasays
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No, it's The Brookings Institute and The Center for American Progress that both lie with words constantly because they are on a progressive Jihad for their Marxist dictators.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 21:50 | 4912469 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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It's funny that the author misses the point that the zionist project is sponsored by imperial / colonialism, first British and French, then American. Those evil Palestinians, they've been usurping that land for thousands of years! Yeah, ok.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:39 | 4914596 JimBowie1958
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No, but they have been trying to kill as many Israelis as possible for the last 66 years.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 22:19 | 4912554 kchrisc
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“Political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.” Orwell

The key to his statement, though he might not have meant it as such, is that ALL utterances by pols, crats and the like, government, are nothing more than lies and cover for their crimes

Keeping that strongly in mind can better assist one in navigating the world.

 

 

"My guillotine can only say two words: slice and cut."

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 22:38 | 4912556 TNTARG
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"The Arabs’ aim, of course, is to destroy Israel as a nation, a policy they have consistently pursued since 1948. Since military attacks have failed ignominiously, an international public relations campaign coupled to terrorist violence has been employed to weaken Israel’s morale and separate Israel from her Western allies."

I stopped reading at this point.

A tautology. The meaning of the article and what the author pretends to perform on us.

You underestimate ZH's readers, sir.

Disinformation, propaganda under the vest of some scientific reasoning about Language. Name-calling, glittering generalities and so on. Cheap propaganda.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:51 | 4912780 sylviasays
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""The Arabs’ aim, of course, is to destroy Israel as a nation, a policy they have consistently pursued since 1948. Since military attacks have failed ignominiously, an international public relations campaign coupled to terrorist violence has been employed to weaken Israel’s morale and separate Israel from her Western allies." I stopped reading at this point. A tautology. The meaning of the article and what the author pretends to perform on us. Disinformation, propaganda under the vest of some scientific reasoning about Language. Name-calling, glittering generalities and so on. Cheap propaganda."

No, it's reality that Jew haters refuse to acknowledge.

TNTARG needs to put her burka on and walk 10 paces behind her man.   


 

 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:36 | 4913176 TNTARG
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I'm no hater, lucky me.

I just have a working brain , a little knowledge and a free spirit.

“I have decided to stick to love...Hate is too great a burden to bear.”  Martin Luther King Jr. - A Testament of Hope

 

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:50 | 4912798 pakled
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Good, succint report. Will use as reference to share with others. Not sure why it's averaging 2.7 stars at this point. 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:18 | 4913072 SameAsItEverWas
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Long before 1984 gave us the adjective “Orwellian” to describe the political corruption of language and thought, Thucydides observed how factional struggles for power make words their first victims. Describing the horrors of civil war on the island of Corcyra during the Peloponnesian War [sic], Thucydides wrote, “Words had to change their ordinary meaning and to take that which was now given them.” Orwell explains the reason for such degradation of language in his essay “Politics and the English Language”: “Political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.”

Am I the only one here who knows the work of Harry Elmer Barnes (1889 - 1968)?  He explained all of this and much much more, better than anyone.

It was his essay on "Historical Revisionism as the Key to Peace," posthmously reprinted in the paperback Cato Paper 12 (1980) that led me to start buying up his books, because he's the greatest social scientiist of the 20th century, and I'm the only one here who seems to know anything about him.

It was Barnes who tipped me off to the fact, reported by Stephen Spender in the New Yorker, that the original title of Orwell's most popular book  was originally "Nineteen Forty-Eight" written in words, and intended to be its year of publication.  No publisher would go along so itt was renamed and first published 1949 ... because the Ministry of Truth had already been placed into at least partial operation by 1947, which was the year that the U.S. War Dept was renamed the Defense Dept.  The biggest funder of academic historians were the large foundations Ford, Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Pew ... and those super-rich who control the entire world's banking system and control "money" and government are the very same people who run the Council on Foreign Relations, Bilderburg, etc. etc.

Barnes dates 1933 as the last year when there was such a thing as "mainstream" academic historian who wrote truth about contemporary times, instead of the regime-defending propaganda popularized by Orwell.  FDR's New Deal was a failure in boosting the economy so FDR started planning how to fool the very gullible, but war-averse, American public to enter WWII.  He succeeded grandly by putting the Pacific Fleet in HI and leaving it undefended so Japan would attack and thus provide a pretext, along with the Germany's sinking of the arms-carrying Lusitania, to enter WWII despiite public opposition to another stupid war like the 1914-1971 fiasco that inevitably led to 1939 and then 1943.

Barnes explains all of this and much much more.  The fact that Barnes has been erased is proof positive that there is no freedom of thought here, because the vast majority of people have their thoughts totally controlled.  You can buy the Barnes books in unused condition for less that the cost of postage ... which is proof positive of the fact that vast majority of people are incapable of inquiry into what is historical truth.

Maybe you Goodled Barnes after seeing me post here only to find that he's been falsely smeared with the epithet of being some kind of holocaust denier.  The Pro-Slander Legion (spoken by an anti-Zionist Jew) is, therefore, most extremely effective at erasing people like Barnes and their information that would allow the broader public to understand that any critics of the staus quo are neutralized in some fashion: smeared with slanderous lies, banned from academia, and/or imprisoned/murdered.  If they've erased Barnes, as is very clear, who else have they erased?

We have no way of knowing!

P.S. 

Maybe there is intelligent life in some of the major cities in the U.S., but I have been seeking non-zombies in a city that, back in the 1970s, used to be a major destination for all sorts of nonconformist refugees from the east or west coasts.  There are half a million people within 20 miles of me and I live a short bike ride from the largest university in the state which used to have a top-100-ranked library, yet the only place I can reliably find intelligent life on a daily basis is the comment section of ZH.  Doublethink is everywhere.  Here's an example.  There's a "Libertarian" group that meets once a month in the Frontier Restaurant.  I went to it a few months ago at 6:30 PM only to find that the topic of discussion was being presented by a man listed as party chair of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico.  This happened when Russia was moving troops to Ukraine to fight the U.S.-installed neo-Nazi, and also the U.S.-backed forces started moving from Syria into Iraq.  None of that was mentioned.

THE ENTIRE MEETING WAS ABOUT CONVINCING ATTENDEES TO WORK FOR A STATE-WIDE VOTER-ID REQUIREMENT UNDER STATE LAW!

We already have a local ordinance that requires a photo ID to vote but this clown wanted voter photo id to be a statewide law.  I told them all that this was about as ANTI-LIBERTARIAN as possible.  There are libertarians who think that they should be allowed to DRIVE without a state-isssued license.  The zombie who is LPNM chair told me it was maybe not a real libertarian issue, but it was a "conservative" issue and that they were "conservatives" who meet under the banner of being libertarians, going so far as to invite "anarchists" to attend.  They were right-wing Republicans pretending to be Libertarians.  And this was the PARTY CHAIR of the LPNM who was pushing for state-wide voter id law.  So is there anyone here who lives in my city and is tried of tallking to zombies every day?  My next-door neighbor is returning soon from 2 weeks in Warsaw, Poland where he met his wife who emigrated  here.  I'm very curious to learn what it's like in Warsaw, where there is surely a vigorous public debate about what's happeming in this world ... very unlike the bubble of the U.S. and its zombie public.  

 

 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 05:23 | 4913125 22winmag
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In a word, it's whitewash.

I talk to people who could school you on the Classics or soft sciences but have no idea the Dept. of War became the DoD in the 1940s.

As far as intelligent life on ZH and elsewhere, I overhear the zombies griping in public about everything from 9/11, the FED, Israel, IRS, Benghazi and *.gate when I'm at the gas station, pizza shop, and Walmart.

Some of the zombies are more equal than other zombies.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:03 | 4914149 SameAsItEverWas
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I talk to people who could school you on the Classics or soft sciences but have no idea the Dept. of War became the DoD in the 1940s. As far as intelligent life on ZH and elsewhere, I overhear the zombies griping in public about everything from 9/11, the FED, Israel, IRS, Benghazi and *.gate when I'm at the gas station, pizza shop, and Walmart. Some of the zombies are more equal than other zombies.

Yeah, sure.  People talk.  But humans are herd animals, or what biologists might call "gregarious creatures," and they gather in groups according to the rule of nature that Like Attracts Like. 

But have you asked the gripers where they found out about that?  Odds are that they're just parroting something they saw or heard from someone else.  Maybe only one out a million people are capable of truly honest synthetic (in its original sense) open-minded discovery of Truth on their own.

Maybe they listen to Alex Jones, or Tom Hartman, or Max Keiser, yadayada.  Or they saw it here on ZH.

How many of their "followers" can figure stuff out on their own?  Almost everyone just wants to be like others, and that's the biological basis of shyness: fear of standing out.

Barnes sure as hell wasn't afraid of standing out from the crowd. 

 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:15 | 4913289 Ban KKiller
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Here in fanta se. Watch out for the thought police...

Drop a line.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:38 | 4914164 SameAsItEverWas
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Drop a line.

Hey there.  Will do.

The "thought police" are us!  There's no need for an East Germany-styled Stazi when thee herd  can be made to ignore those who dare to have original thoughts.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:00 | 4914492 SameAsItEverWas
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Drop a line.

Howdy to all my neighbors here!

I added a PGP public key at the end of my Bio here.  You can open it with GPG to extract the email addy, even if you don't want to use PGP.  It's cool.  My email is safely stored in Russia.

And my ZChat is turned on, though i've never used it for convos.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:18 | 4913294 d edwards
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A good book about manipulation is "Disinformation" by a former KGB officer.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 13:51 | 4914464 goneYonder
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The irony is that the article itself is subversive. It takes a real issue, the weaponization of language, and inserts the agenda of the controllers. Brilliant! 

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