Quote of the Day #11

George Orwell

“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink… [Language] becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language make it easier for us to have foolish thoughts… But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation, even among people who should and do know better.” Continue reading “Quote of the Day #11”

What Does “Far Right” Mean?

The ongoing abuse of language

Words are important. Indeed, it may be said that language is what makes us human. From the philosophical musings of Socrates in Classical Athens to the information overload on the internet today, words have helped us to understand the world around us. Unfortunately, too many words have been hijacked and made to serve a different purpose. Words become cudgels with which to beat opponents, labels with which to smear enemies. Amongst the favoured insults of our times are “racist,” “Islamophobe” (or any other term ending in “phobe’) and “misogynist.” But the king of insults to the pseudo-liberals and faux-leftists who dominate so much of the media is “far right.” Continue reading “What Does “Far Right” Mean?”

What Is Racism?

The old racism and the new

The finest English novel of all time – George Orwell’s 1984 – deals at length with how the debasement of language helped to create an unfree society. Indeed, Orwell included an appendix to his novel called “The Principles of Newspeak.” Words are vitally important in a free, democratic society and the way some words have been twisted to mean something different to their original meaning can be very damaging. The most disturbing example of the way words have been twisted is “racism.” Continue reading “What Is Racism?”

Feminists for Islam Update #2

Islamists are no friends of Feminism

Imagine if Donald Trump said that it was ok to hit your wife? As a “last resort” if nothing else worked? Twitter would go into meltdown and there would be demonstrations all over the world, addressed by numerous “celebrities” eager to denounce Trump as a monstrous sexist and misogynist. Continue reading “Feminists for Islam Update #2”