- First, some of the Social Justice Warriors who sometimes have valuable input (but not on this issue) here decided to attack the contention that Democrats, Progressives, and their allies comprise the only side of the political spectrum that openly favors word banning to suppress thought and speech, are “Orwellian” when they do this. They must have skipped this part of “1984”in Junior High:
’How is the Dictionary getting on?’ said Winston, raising his voice to overcome the noise.
‘Slowly,’ said Syme. ‘I’m on the adjectives. It’s fascinating.’
He had brightened up immediately at the mention of Newspeak. He pushed his pannikin aside, took up his hunk of bread in one delicate hand and his cheese in the other, and leaned across the table so as to be able to speak without shouting.
‘The Eleventh Edition is the definitive edition,’ he said. ‘We’re getting the language into its final shape — the shape it’s going to have when nobody speaks anything else. When we’ve finished with it, people like you will have to learn it all over again. You think, I dare say, that our chief job is inventing new words. But not a bit of it! We’re destroying words — scores of them, hundreds of them, every day. We’re cutting the language down to the bone. The Eleventh Edition won’t contain a single word that will become obsolete before the year 2050.’
I wonder if “alien” was one of those words?”
- England’s Department of Education has sent language guidelines to every school in the country instructing them to ban “sexist” language; phrases like “man up, cupcake”…‘Don’t be a girl’ …“boys telling girls to ‘make them a sandwich’…“calling boys ‘sissies’,” the English Newspeak additions were sent to all the schools “at the government’s request” according to the Sunday Times.
Just wait. Soon language constricting as part of political indoctrination will be cited in Democratic presidential debates as one of those wonderful things the U.S. should do because other “advanced nations” do it.
- The latest buzz-word, micro-agression, is clearly a tool of language suppression as well. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has set out to ban many words and phrases on campus. With the “Just Words Campaign,”, it aims to ban on campus a whole list of words and phrases including “illegal alien” —because it “fails to recognize the humanity of immigrants” (What a coincidence!)—-as wells “crazy,” “trash,” and “welfare queen.” UWM says that using the phrase “third world” to describe third world countries is a micro-aggression because it
“…reinforces hierarchical attitudes towards nations around the world, [and] establishes Westernized (industrialized) countries and cultures as the ‘standard’ upon which to measure national well-being or economic status.”
No, I think it’s time to establish a new standard by which a nation is judged as successful by having more people living without plumbing, dying of parasites, and contributing nothing to world culture since the Dark Ages.
- Some of the university’s rhetoric is funny; if you don’t see why, Hillary and Bernie have put implants in your skull while you were sleeping. “Lame,” for example, is a micro-aggression that “ridicules and ignores the lives of amputees.” Metaphors will be next on the banning list.
I use “lame”occasionally to describe a weak argument. I’m going to have to use it more.
- Here’s what gangsters call “the beauty part”: UWM also seeks to make it impossible to criticize these efforts for what they are by banning “politically correct” as a micro-aggression that “has become a way to deflect, [and say] that people are being too ‘sensitive’ and police language.”
Can’t have that! Fortunately, we still have “totalitarian.”