LR Podcast, Episode #51: “War of Words”

I draw from this quote in the podcast:

In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. Things like the continuance of British rule in India, the Russian purges and deportations, the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, can indeed be defended, but only by arguments which are too brutal for most people to face, and which do not square with the professed aims of the political parties. Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness.” –George Orwell

Decades ago, Orwell wrote of many of the same things I talk about in my podcast, best summed up in this quote from him: “The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies ‘something not desirable’. The words democracy, socialism, freedom, patriotic, realistic, justice, have each of them several different meanings which cannot be reconciled with one another. In the case of a word like democracy, not only is there no agreed definition, but the attempt to make one is resisted from all sides. It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it: consequently the defenders of every kind of régime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one meaning. Words of this kind are often used in a consciously dishonest way. That is, the person who uses them has his own private definition, but allows his hearer to think he means something quite different.” ― George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

The left’s assault on the English language continues, most recently with their attempt to redefine the word “infrastructure”. “Control the language and you control the debate,” is an axiom in the worlds of politics, the law, and anywhere else where influencing thought is considered valuable. The left, being well aware of this has been working for decades redefining words. Terms like racist, fascist, and justice have been so far removed from their meanings as to become unrecognizable to those of us who know the original, correct definitions. They’ve even sought to blur the definitions of such basic concepts as male, female, and marriage. Now leftists in government seek to do the same with the term “infrastructure”. How and why are they doing this?

For more on the subject, click here to listen to the podcast.

Thanks.

J.P. Mac

p.s., check out the Historic 50th episode of the Liberty Relearned podcast!

Related: My commentary on Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand.

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