Skip to comments.The ‘Vigilance’ Vigilantes - The tolerance enforcers will not tolerate dissent. (Mark Steyn)
Posted on 04/05/2013 11:03:11 PM PDT by neverdem
He who controls the language shapes the debate: In the same week the Associated Press announced that it would no longer describe illegal immigrants as illegal immigrants, the star columnist of the New York Times fretted that the Supreme Court seemed to have misplaced the style book on another fashionable minority. I am worried, wrote Maureen Dowd, about how the justices can properly debate same-sex marriage when some dont even seem to realize that most Americans use the word gay now instead of homosexual. She quoted her friend Max Mutchnick, creator of Will & Grace:
Scalia uses the word homosexual the way George Wallace used the word Negro. Theres a tone to it. Its humiliating and hurtful. I dont think Im being overly sensitive, merely vigilant.
Instead, the relentless propagandizing grows ever more heavy-handed: The tolerance enforcers will not tolerate dissent; the diversity celebrators demand a ruthless homogeneity. Much of the progressive agenda on marriage, immigration, and much else involves not winning the argument but ruling any debate out of bounds. Perhaps like Jeremy Irons you dont have strong feelings on this or that, but, if you do, enjoy them while you can.
(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...
It's not enough to defy nature and common sense. They'll go after free speech and traditional religions.
We need to start mocking all progressive nonsense.
Been doing it for years, my friend.
‘most Americans use the word gay now instead of homosexual.’
Words have meanings; just because most people call it a dick does not change the fact that it’s a penis.
“The tolerance enforcers will not tolerate dissent; the diversity celebrators demand a ruthless homogeneity.”
Another gem by Mark Steyn.
Calling Soetoro a “Christian” doesn’t change the fact that he’s a moslem.
We need to start mocking all progressive nonsense.
I’ll continue to do so.
“Progressive = Repressive”
They hate that.
And somehow get the mocking to an audience much larger than Freerepublic.
LOL - we do it for sport. Better than the smell of napalm in the morning.
Confuse them with “transgressive”.
Welcome to FR.
I appreciate that, Gene Eric. Thanks.
They'll just demonstrate their noted high tolerance by dragging out their big brush and labeling us all "HATERS". That's how they "debate", schoolyard name calling, straw man arguments, and ad-homonym attacks.
Confuse them with transgressive.
LOL! I’ll do that. Thanks.
Would Ms. Dowd and Mr. Mutchnick prefer him to call them "sodomites" or "turd burglars"?
Would Maureen O’Dowd prefer they be called “Queer”?
In fact, the more militant homosexuals use the term “Queer”.... so O’Dowd should be OK with that.
We’re PC - we believe in liberty for all Mankind (and we’re smug about it); you’d better be PC, too, so use that liberty we believe in to conform, or else you’ll be persecuted, ostracized, and shunned.
I thought a “dick” was a detective?
This is a very important Steyn column. One of the most important battles going on in our society is that of language. Political Correctness is the enforcement arm. But the activists behind the scenes who decide what the rules are going to be - those are the most sinister people. As Steyn says, they want complete conformity. Free speech is their enemy. They are labeling some words as unacceptable, and changing the meaning of other words.
Our liberty is slipping away. We need to fight this. We need to enlist others to fight it.
>>We need to start mocking all progressive nonsense.
This is why Dr. Raoul was such a treasure. It is why Breitbart was so effective.
Drive them crazy, ignore them.
............such as marriage and if left unchallenged will proclaim the tomato to be a vegetable!!!
...it makes me just want to beat the shit out of them. I want to give them real brutality so they know beyond a shadow of a doubt what hate really is but...
Hah! I'm similarly inclined. I'm too polite to commit crimes, but by all gods I disbelieve in, I've thought of a few crimes somebody could commit.
I content myself with the certainty the day will come when what's called "liberalism" today will be as socially, morally, and politically unacceptable as George Wallace's segregation. That may take awhile, or it may happen by this time next year, but it will happen.
“He who controls the language shapes the debate”
That is why the falsely labeled “Mainstream Media” should always be accurately described as “The Corrupt Liberal Media”
There is nothing “mainstream” about the open leftist bias and corruption of journalistic ethic in todays media.
If enough people started replacing mainstream media with The Corrupt Liberal Media, it would produce a google bomb that would put the CLM on notice that their corruption is widely noted.
I’ll just start calling them faggots instead of homosexual then. Maybe fudge packers, turd burglars, etc...
I still use the words queers, and faggots.
I am sure one day that will become as politically incorrect and the N word. You see I can’t even use that word here without banishment .
Newspeak language progress
Syme describing to Winston Smith the "progress" of the language in 1984, Chapter 5
'It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well. It isn't only the synonyms; there are also the antonyms. After all, what justification is there for a word which is simply the opposite of some other word? A word contains its opposite in itself. Take "good", for instance. If you have a word like "good", what need is there for a word like "bad"? "Ungood" will do just as well -- better, because it's an exact opposite, which the other is not. Or again, if you want a stronger version of "good", what sense is there in having a whole string of vague useless words like "excellent" and "splendid" and all the rest of them? "Plusgood" covers the meaning, or " doubleplusgood" if you want something stronger still. Of course we use those forms already. but in the final version of Newspeak there'll be nothing else. In the end the whole notion of goodness and badness will be covered by only six words -- in reality, only one word. Don't you see the beauty of that, Winston? It was B.B.'s idea originally, of course,' he added as an afterthought.
... 'You haven't a real appreciation of Newspeak, Winston,' he said almost sadly. 'Even when you write it you're still thinking in Oldspeak. I've read some of those pieces that you write in The Times occasionally. They're good enough, but they're translations. In your heart you'd prefer to stick to Oldspeak, with all its vagueness and its useless shades of meaning. You don't grasp the beauty of the destruction of words. Do you know that Newspeak is the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year?'
... 'Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. Already, in the Eleventh Edition, we're not far from that point. But the process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there's no reason or excuse for committing thoughtcrime. It's merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control. But in the end there won't be any need even for that. The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect. Newspeak is Ingsoc and Ingsoc is Newspeak,' he added with a sort of mystical satisfaction.
We HAVE to get the COMMUNICATION channels back!
"Never quarrel with a man that buys ink by the barrel."
I've noticed that members of a certain religious group does this very thing here on FR when their history and teachings are revealed.
Ok; I’m with you fellas...
'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone,
' it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.'
'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things.'
'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master - that's all.'
Party ownership of the print media
made it easy to manipulate public opinion,
and the film and radio carried the process further.
The Ministry of Truth, Winston's place of work, contained, it was said, three thousand rooms above ground level, and corresponding ramifications below.
The Ministry of Truth concerned itself with Lies. Party ownership of the print media made it easy to manipulate public opinion, and the film and radio carried the process further.
The primary job of the Ministry of Truth was to supply the citizens of Oceania with newspapers, films, textbooks, telescreen programmes, plays, novels - with every conceivable kind of information, instruction, or entertainment, from a statue to a slogan, from a lyric poem to a biological treatise, and from a child's spelling-book to a Newspeak dictionary.
Winston worked in the RECORDS DEPARTMENT (a single branch of the Ministry of Truth) editing and writing for The Times. He dictated into a machine called a speakwrite. Winston would receive articles or news-items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to alter, or, in Newspeak, rectify. If, for example, the Ministry of Plenty forecast a surplus, and in reality the result was grossly less, Winston's job was to change previous versions so the old version would agree with the new one. This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, sound-tracks, cartoons, photographs - to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance.
When his day's work started, Winston pulled the speakwrite towards him, blew the dust from its mouthpiece, and put on his spectacles. He dialed 'back numbers' on the telescreen and called for the appropriate issues of The Times, which slid out of the pneumatic tube after only a few minutes' delay. The messages he had received referred to articles or news-items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to rectify.
In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages; to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and on the side wall, within easy reach of Winston's arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building.
As soon as Winston had dealt with each of the messages, he clipped his speakwritten corrections to the appropriate copy of The Times and pushed them into the pneumatic tube. Then, with a movement which was as nearly as possible unconscious, he crumpled up the original message and any notes that he himself had made, and dropped them into the memory hole to be devoured by the flames.
What happened in the unseen labyrinth to which the tubes led, he did not know in detail, but he did know in general terms. As soon as all the corrections which happened to be necessary in any particular number of The Times had been assembled and collated, that number would be reprinted, the original copy destroyed, and the corrected copy placed on the files in its stead.
In the cubicle next to him the little woman with sandy hair toiled day in day out, simply at tracking down and deleting from the Press the names of people who had been vaporized and were therefore considered never to have existed. And this hall, with its fifty workers or thereabouts, was only one-sub-section, a single cell, as it were, in the huge complexity of the Records Department. Beyond, above, below, were other swarms of workers engaged in an unimaginable multitude of jobs.
There were huge printing-shops and their sub editors, their typography experts, and their elaborately equipped studios for the faking of photographs. There was the tele-programmes section with its engineers, its producers and its teams of actors specially chosen for their skill in imitating voices; clerks whose job was simply to draw up lists of books and periodicals which were due for recall; vast repositories where the corrected documents were stored; and the hidden furnaces where the original copies were destroyed.
And somewhere or other, quite anonymous, there were the directing brains who co-ordinated the whole effort and laid down the lines of policy which made it necessary that this fragment of the past should be preserved, that one falsified, and the other rubbed out of existence.
So THAT’s how WIKI works!
Personally I prefer the old fashioned word queer. It is accurately descriptive and not as harsh as deviant nor as pejorative as faggot.
Excellent reminder of the prescience of Orwell. Today’s logical descendants include Steyn for his ability to turn a phrase and Limbaugh for his drumbeat on “words have meaning”. Unfortunately, the low information masses cannot wrap their collectivist minds around how they are being manipulated as easily as The Shadow clouded men’s minds.
Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing.
Controlling the language controls the discussion, which controls the thoughts, which control the person.
It appears freesh!t has become more preferable to many Americans than freed0m.
Today, if George Washington were around, he would be leading his army against his namesake city.
Affirmatively participating in someone else’s delusion will not cure their mental illness.
If you believe in nothing you’ll fall for anything.
Who would have imagined that such a scam was possible? And yet... here we are.
People can and do take offense over many things, the words used, the look on our face, the tone of ones voice, what they imagine we are meaning, and in their mind it is usually to their detriment. NOT SO. It actually is a form of mental illness to imagine what others say is really demeaning to oneself. The best response is ... refuse to be offended, and continue on with the liberty and freedom given to each of us by God.
When we were kids we used to say "sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me". 'Political correctness' grew in power in the late 1960's and 1970’s. Quickly it took hold of what we could say and what was off the table. They did not tell us what the intent was. How is it we know it is mostly fraudulent and still we bend before the claim of 'political correctness'? Is it our Christian faith? While they lie cheat and steal, and blame their actions on others? It is past time to refuse to controlled by fake situations. MOO
Howdy neighbor. Durango.
Yes, the militants do use queer over gay and are very in your face. If you want a true laugh go to a “cis-gender” web forum and see the transgeder or “cis” gender attack the merely gay or queer. The Left, like the Muslims eventually attack each other.
Oh, and btw, only look into this if you have a taste for the absurd and a strong stomach.
An example of this insanity is Warren Beatty’s daughter/son/gay man born a woman. Oy.
This is why remaining on the offensive is more important than ever. Hit them back, hit them hard, and make it hurt.
There was a time when “queer” was the word everyone used. Then they changed it to “homosexual”. Now it’s “gay”. They scream “We’re here and we’re queer” but don’t you dare say “I see you, queer!”