Racist, sexist, fascist panphobic bollocks…

The narrow range of acceptable opinion is a problem. It’s problem when everyone is a racist, sexist, xenophobic fascist if they don’t conform to your definition of right-think, because it condemns those who stray from received opinion in a mild and genuinely inoffensive way to the same extent as those who are genuinely dangerous. C.f. calling both Milo and Thomas Mair “far right”.

Currently it’s a problem that anyone who thinks that cultural and political Marxism is – to borrow their own terminology – problematic is branded “far right” and “fascist” or “worse than Hitler”

It’s a problem because it allows the left to put everyone to the right of them in the same category, whether they think that prudent management of public finances is a good idea, or whether they go around stabbing and shooting MPs while shouting “Britain First”.

When these slurs are thrown around so casually and baselessly, they lose their power and meaning. We’re basically at the point now where to be called a racist, facist, sexist, whatever is nothing, whereas these were rightly, when applied sparingly, very grave accusations.

Language loses nuance, finesse and the tools to distinguish between a genuine extremist and someone merely with a different opinion. When you lose the richness of language and the ability to view things on a spectrum, you lose the ability to think properly.

At the risk of resorting to cliché, this was precisely the goal of Newspeak in Orwell’s 1984.

The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of Ingsoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible. It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and Oldspeak forgotten, a heretical thought — that is, a thought diverging from the principles of Ingsoc — should be literally unthinkable, at least so far as thought is dependent on words.

So I implore you to resist this narrowing at all costs. Object to and rebut all examples and instances of groupthink and of casting out dissenters.

AJ

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About Al Jahom
Anti-social malcontent, misanthrope and miserable git.

One Response to Racist, sexist, fascist panphobic bollocks…

  1. Radical Rodent says:

    When you lose the richness of language and the ability to view things on a spectrum, you lose the ability to think properly.

    You don’t mind if I nick that, do you? (Silly question, really, as even if you did, I will still use it – it is a gem!) It is much like a Londoner saying that anyone north of the M25 must be Scottish; “Well… they are further norf than me, in’t they? So they must be Scotch. Simple, innit?”

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