The Language and Propaganda of the Left

by Datechguy | February 22nd, 2013

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The Language and Propaganda of the Left

I’ve had a lovely evening, this wasn’t it

Grou­cho Marx

Words mean things

Rush Lim­baugh

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scorn­ful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — nei­ther more nor less.”

Lewis Car­rol Through the Look­ing Glass 1871

I really enjoy the humor of lan­guage, because of the mul­ti­ple mean­ings of so many Eng­lish words lan­guage an excel­lent source of comedy.

Unfor­tu­nately today lan­guage, specif­i­cally its per­ver­sion has become a weapon, not argu­ment btw lan­guage. A quick peek at Meme­o­ran­dum this morn­ing gives the example.

Mar­riage Equal­ity Is a Con­ser­v­a­tive Cause

Laura Bush Objects To Being Quoted Accu­rately Sup­port­ing Mar­riage Equality

Jon Hunts­man Endorses Mar­riage Equal­ity: ‘We Must Demand Equal­ity Under The Law For All Americans’

Note the Phrase: “Mar­riage Equal­ity” Who could be against “Mar­riage Equal­ity”?

I’ve very pleased to see all of these peo­ple argu­ing for “Mar­riage Equal­ity” for peo­ple of the Islamic faith, after all it’s com­pletely unfair that Mus­lims who are allowed mul­ti­ple wives in Africa, the Mid­dle East and Asia are not allowed the same rights here.

And if you argue against such rights, you are “Anti-​Muslim” and “Islamio­pho­bic” and it goes with­out say­ing if you are part of any orga­nized group against “Mar­riage Equal­ity” for Mus­lims then you belong to an “Anti-​Muslim Hate Group”

Do you see how it works? There is absolutely no rea­son a per­son push­ing to repeal bigamy laws could not use the same argu­ments as above. All it take is to play with the lan­guage & violá you’ve got a meme that will asso­ciate the peo­ple who agree with you asso­ci­ated with words like “equal­ity” and your oppo­nents asso­ci­ated with words like “hate” not only in arti­cles, but in search engines.

The left does this with a lot of words:

Taxes” are rede­fined as “investments”

Spend­ing increases are rede­fined as “cuts”

and the favorite “racist” rede­fined as dis­agree­ing with any­thing the Demo­c­rat party disagrees.

Some­times words are not so much re-​defined as given a twist. Let’s demonstrate

It is stig­ma­tiz­ing to shop­pers who fail to pay for their items as “shop-​lifters”. After all the peo­ple going into the store are no dif­fer­ent that every­body else peo­ple going to the store to get the food, clothes and devices that every­one nat­u­rally wants. In fact the word “shoplifter” is patently racist and dis­crim­i­nates against the poor since such peo­ple are usu­ally from the poor­est classes and often of color.

In order to avoid the racism and class dis­crim­i­na­tion we should avoid the term “shoplifter” and replace it with “unremit­ting shopper”

And that is the logic used to turn “ille­gal immi­grants” into “undoc­u­mented immigrants”.

It’s all mar­ket­ing, it’s all about sell­ing peo­ple a real­ity dif­fer­ent than, well real­ity. No dif­fer­ent that con­vinc­ing you that Flo is dif­fer­ent than the lizard when sell­ing you insurance.

Why does it work? Because of the left’s power in media, par­tic­u­larly the non-​news media such as mag­a­zines and enter­tain­ment allows them to intro­duce these themes into the gen­eral cul­ture movies, TV, mag­a­zines and cul­tural devices. Peo­ple find them­selves indoc­tri­nated into a lan­guage and a meme with­out even know­ing it’s happening.

If we are going to pre­vent the coun­try from going into a self-​destructive directly we have to rec­og­nize this. In the short terms we need to call out this behav­ior and help peo­ple rec­og­nize it.

In the long-​term we need influ­ence within those same insti­tu­tions from woman’s mag­a­zines to rap zines to advance our own mes­sage to the same dis­in­ter­ested crowd.

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We’ve reached Fri­day and while the ther­mome­ter moved a bit a lit­tle but I’m still less than half way to that elu­sive $300 weekly paycheck.

On weeks when I make the goal I’ve pulled the ther­mome­ter early after all I’d rather focus on the prod­uct and I sus­pect you dear reader would too.

As we are less than half way there with under 48 hours to go the ther­mome­ter will be on every post today. As a wise man once said if you don’t pro­mote your­self nobody is going to do it for you.

So if you think I’ve earned that $300 pay­check this week and you can afford it feel free to hit DaTipJar.

If not, well I’ll keep try­ing harder.

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I’ve had a lovely evening, this wasn’t it

Groucho Marx

Words mean things

Rush Limbaugh

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

Lewis Carrol Through the Looking Glass 1871

I really enjoy the humor of language, because of the multiple meanings of so many English words language an excellent source of comedy.

Unfortunately today language,  specifically its perversion has become a weapon, not argument btw language.  A quick peek at Memeorandum this morning gives the example.

Marriage Equality Is a Conservative Cause

Laura Bush Objects To Being Quoted Accurately Supporting Marriage Equality

Jon Huntsman Endorses Marriage Equality: ‘We Must Demand Equality Under The Law For All Americans’

Note the Phrase:  “Marriage Equality” Who could be against “Marriage Equality“?

I’ve very pleased to see all of these people arguing for “Marriage Equality” for people of the Islamic faith, after all it’s completely unfair that Muslims who are allowed multiple wives in Africa, the Middle East and Asia are not allowed the same rights here.

And if you argue against such rights, you are “Anti-Muslim” and “Islamiophobic” and it goes without saying if you are part of any organized group against “Marriage Equality” for Muslims then you belong to an “Anti-Muslim Hate Group”

Do you see how it works?  There is absolutely no reason a person pushing to repeal bigamy laws could not use the same arguments as above.  All it take is to play with the language & violá you’ve got a meme that will associate the people who agree with you associated with words like “equality” and your opponents associated with words like “hate” not only in articles, but in search engines.

The left does this with a lot of words:

“Taxes” are redefined as “investments”

Spending increases are redefined as “cuts”

and the favorite “racist” redefined as disagreeing with anything the Democrat party disagrees.

Sometimes words are not so much re-defined as given a twist.  Let’s demonstrate

It is stigmatizing  to shoppers who fail to pay for their items as “shop-lifters”.  After all the people going into the store are no different that everybody else people going to the store to get the food, clothes and devices that everyone naturally wants.  In fact the word “shoplifter” is patently racist and discriminates against the poor since such people are usually from the poorest classes and often of color.

In order to avoid the racism and class discrimination we should avoid the term “shoplifter” and replace it with “unremitting shopper”

And that is the logic used to turn “illegal immigrants” into “undocumented immigrants”.

It’s all marketing, it’s all about selling people a reality different than, well reality.  No different that convincing you that Flo is different than the lizard when selling you insurance.

Why does it work?  Because of the left’s power in media, particularly the non-news media such as magazines and entertainment allows them to introduce these themes into the general culture movies, TV, magazines and cultural devices.  People find themselves indoctrinated into a language and a meme without even knowing it’s happening.

If we are going to prevent the country from going into a self-destructive directly we have to recognize this.  In the short terms we need to call out this behavior and help people recognize it.

In the long-term we need  influence within those same institutions from woman’s magazines to rap zines to advance our own message to the same disinterested crowd.

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We’ve reached Friday and while the thermometer moved a bit a little but I’m still less than half way to that elusive $300 weekly paycheck.

On weeks when I make the goal I’ve pulled the thermometer early after all I’d rather focus on the product and I suspect you dear reader would too.

As we are less than half way there with under 48 hours to go the thermometer will be on every post today.  As a wise man once said if you don’t promote yourself nobody is going to do it for you.

So if you think I’ve earned that $300 paycheck this week and you can afford it feel free to hit DaTipJar.

If not, well I’ll keep trying harder.

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