Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Doug Casey on the Recent Corruptions of the English Language

Via Average Joe

Corruptions of Language

Let’s discuss words. Many of the words you hear, especially on television and other media, are confused, conflated, or completely misused. Many recent changes in the way words are used are corrupting the language. The corruption of language is adding to the corruption of civilization itself.

Words are extremely important because they provide the most important means we have to communicate with each other. If you don’t mean what you say and say what you mean, then it’s impossible to communicate accurately. Do you remember that famous line at the end of Cool Hand Luke, when Paul Newman gets shot? “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate”? That’s what I want to talk about.

Where shall I start, because there are over a million words in English? I’ve rather arbitrarily chosen a few that are especially relevant to investors and freedom lovers. Many of these words are popular with the political classes.

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6 comments:

  1. I skimmed the article only because I have seen this lament too many times before. This illegitimate wordsmithing has been going on for a very long time. Casey seems surprised, at least in the several instances where he mentions that people seem to be unaware of how they're being marketed. It is simply propaganda and as all propaganda does, it carries nefarious purpose.

    Of course, the very best antidote is to be aware that one is being played. Sadly, that end is barely ever achieved. It is that people prefer ignorance. Great violence wrought upon the people will shake them from their stupor. Aye, it seems that violence is the only real cure yet never lasting. So the cycle shall repeat.

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    1. Great violence wrought upon the people will shake them from their stupor. Aye, it seems that violence is the only real cure

      Yes.

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  2. The cycle shall repeat because have you ever tried to disabuse people of that which they are so sure of yet that thing is false?

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    1. “Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.”

      ― Voltaire

      Y'all have a nice day.

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