Friday, July 27, 2012

By Any Other Name

For a very long time, I have been referring to liberals as "illiberals" or "illiberal control freaks". More recently, I have been referring to liberal/progressives as "illiberal/oppressives". Here's a great article about how these illiberal/oppressives have hijacked the language to suggest that they are the exact opposite of what they really are.

Those who would destroy a society, destroy first its language. As Orwell observed, when the terms of discourse are corrupted, the corruption spreads into every domain the language is used to debate. So deep has this language rot penetrated, that it is difficult to write an essay like this without succumbing to it—that is the intent of those who spread the contagion. The present-day culprits identify themselves as “progressives” or “liberals”. Take a step back and ponder how manipulative this is: if you're a “progressive”, then you must obviously be on the side of progress, even though the outcome of the policies you advocate will ultimately roll back all of the advances in individual liberty and prosperity made since the Enlightenment; if you're a “liberal”, surely you must advocate liberty, notwithstanding that the consequences of your prescriptions will be descent of society into serfdom for the masses, deemed property of the state, ruled by an unelected, unaccountable √©lite.

These so-called “progressives” or “liberals” are not advocates of progress or liberty: they are enemies of them, and the sooner champions of liberty acknowledge what they are, the better our slim chances for defeating them will be. Libertarians and conservatives are inclined toward civil discourse and respect for the rule of law. They must come to terms with the fact that their enemies—not opponents—are implacable, bent on winning whatever the cost may be, willing to use any means whatsoever to prevail and, once triumphant, to deprive their opposition of the means to reverse or even impede the implementation of their agenda.

The article also suggests things we can do about this. (Continue reading...)

The author, John Walker is the founder of Autodesk, Inc. and co-author of AutoCAD.

3 comments :

  1. I just call them rat bastard commies.

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  2. Euphemisms abound - remember when the ratcatcher became a pest extermination technician? We lost the descriptor 'gay' to the homosexual community, we lost air hostess to whatever they now call themselves - flight attendants? The terms liberal and progressive should also be identified by using quotation marks - otherwise I like regressives and dimwits just as well M

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  3. Thanks for presenting this to us Karl.

    Multitudes are now awakening to the fact that warfare has been waged for decades against our nation by those espousing a foreign, leftist, anti-American agenda.

    We do indeed need to call them exactly what they are and warn our people about them.

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