Freedom is Slavery May 11, 2007Posted by Administrator in Blogging, Cultural Pessimism, Idiots, Liberal Hypocrisy, Liberal self-loathing, Pandamansanity, Pro-Life.
See, I teach a unit on Animal Farm to freshmen. One of the concepts we cover is the plastic nature of language; how two different terms with significantly different connotations can nevertheless both be construed as truthful. Yet the varying connotations can be used for disseminators of information to manipulate the reactions of the general public.
The exact example from Animal Farm that I used was when Squealer, the lead media mouth for the pigs of the farm, calls a further reduction in the animals’ rations a “re-adjustment.” The animals are appalled at the idea of taking already sparse rations and further reducing them; but a re-adjustment becomes a palatable idea, and the animals take their further abuse quite meekly.
Of course, this wretched and all-too-common tactic may also be used to inflame the population.
For instance, by the foamingly paranoid Amanda Marcotte. Not one to ever to refer to abortion as what it really is, eviscerative murder, she uses such comforting, emotionally limiting terms as “choice.”
But she has no trouble using de-limited language when she isn’t getting her way:
. . .because I speak out against the religious oppression of women, I simply have to link to Shakes alerting us to the Pope’s continued crusade against women’s human rights. To make it extremely clear how horrible and anti-god it is to treat women like humans that deserve their full human rights, the Pope supported the idea that you should be excommunicated for the high crime of voting for women to have the right to make their own private reproductive decisions for themselves.
Mm hm. Let’s examine this, shall we?
. . .the Pope’s continued crusade against women’s human rights. To make it extremely clear how horrible and anti-god it is to treat women like humans . . .
Right. The Pope in this language is little better than a modern Hitler, determined to “enslave” women. The language here is fairly well de-limited, inflammatory. The Pope hates women. The next sentence:
the Pope supported the idea that you should be excommunicated for the high crime of voting for women to have the right to make their own private reproductive decisions for themselves.
“Freedom is slavery.” “Reduction” is really “re-adjustment.” “Murder of children” is instead “women having the right to make reproductive decisions for themselves.” Now, the ugliness is couched not in terms of personal destruction, which abortion is, but in terms of vouchsafing the decision-making ability of women. Amanda will never comment upon the brutal realities of abortion; it destroys her argument like the sun destroys fungus. So, like Squealer, she couches the language in soothing terms, playing to the self-interest of women and flabby liberals throughout the NetNutosphere.
I won’t sit here and tell you that this sort of shabby rhetorical trick isn’t used by the Legions of the Righteous as well as the Followers of the Dumb. But let’s call truth what it really is, shall we? Amanda? You go into detail -in public, on your brainwashed and idiotarian blog- on the grim realities of abortion and I’ll then go into detail on the issue of women’s rights. Which argument will tell in the end, you think?
You won’t. You’re too afraid to try, and for good reason.
Consider the gauntlet thrown.
Of course, what dialogue can then be had with such a hag as this, that then proceeds to COMPLETELY screw up teachings on forgiveness:
So the Pope busts out the cop-out—you’re excommunicated for supporting abortion rights, sort of. Which still means that you are worse, in the church’s eyes, than the guy who shot the last Pope. The Lord really does not like women to have rights, if he considers women’s rights to be worse than taking potshots at his emissary on earth.
The woman claims she was schooled at a “Catholic” university, which doesn’t surprise me for a moment. Catechesis in these places that use Ex Corde Ecclesia as a brand of Latin toilet paper do nothing to teach the bare basics of the faith, like forgiveness. So Amanda is utterly clueless (or just delieberately malicious. I can believe either very easily) in suggesting that Ali Agca is somehow less in sin than those who choose to abort: His difference is that he asked for forgiveness. Amanda has not. And despite the state of her soul that she wishes to communicate with her vituperative and malicious language, she too can be forgiven. Just have to ask, baby, and try to soften your heart.
Good luck with that.