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Remember when words like “liberal” meant classical liberal like the Founding Fathers? Now it means Neo-liberal… or global-communist/social-Marxist.

Remember when being on “the right” meant conservative, and not far-right like a Nazi?

Remember when “nationalism” meant patriotism and not racism?

Truth is the New Hate Speech
Truth is the New Hate Speech

How The Left’s War On Words Manipulates Your Mind

Words can now literally be defined with their antonym. We are a hair’s width and an ounce of stupidity away from ‘war is peace, freedom is slavery.’

….It starts with misusing words or defining them based on circumstance rather than objective meaning. The entire purpose of defined language is to hold constant meaning so others can understand. Situational use starts to condition how people feel about words, building up a new connotation.

The classic example is the word “liberal,” which the far-left co-opted. It was adopted because of its positive connotation, and used as a cover for imposing greater leftist control under the guise of liberty. In reality, there is nothing liberal about failing to protect life, burdening individuals with regulations and taxes, or forcing individuals to provide services to others. This is no accidental misnomer, but strategic messaging to influence people. Who doesn’t want to support a policy that is “progressive,” “pro-choice,” or “affordable”?

When the word cannot be flipped, other words are sometimes added to suggest a new meaning. In the case of firearms, the new popular phrase is “assault rifle.” Webster’s Dictionary was happy to update its definition to help nudge society in the right direction. The effect is a stronger connotation, which plays on people’s emotion and visceral reactions to the phrase….

Read More: http://thefederalist.com/2018/05/01/lefts-war-words-manipulates-mind/

This article just reinforces it’s own bias, so for clarity on my own position, I changed the last quoted phrase, in brackets, from “Trump Administration” (that was presented by the author w/out examples or evidence and therefore made her own point about spreading baseless bias) to “our political climate,” because that would better explain the fact-free positions of consensus politics on both sides of the aisle.

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.

….Surveys on many other issues have yielded similarly dismaying results. “As a rule, strong feelings about issues do not emerge from deep understanding,” Sloman and Fernbach write. And here our dependence on other minds reinforces the problem. If your position on, say, the Affordable Care Act is baseless and I rely on it, then my opinion is also baseless. When I talk to Tom and he decides he agrees with me, his opinion is also baseless, but now that the three of us concur we feel that much more smug about our views. If we all now dismiss as unconvincing any information that contradicts our opinion, you get, well, [ the current political climate. ]…

Read More: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/02/27/why-facts-dont-change-our-minds

How The Guardian Fulfills George Orwell’s Prediction of ‘Newspeak’

Eric ZUESSE | 19.04.2018

…Another story in the April 15th Guardian was “Pressure grows on Russia to stop protecting Assad as US, UK and France press for inquiry into chemical weapons stockpiles” and this one pretended that the issue is for “Russia to stop protecting Assad,” who is the democratically electedand popular President of Syria, and not to stop the invasion of Syria since 2011 by US and Saudi backed foreign jihadists to overthrow him. Furthermore, as regards “press for inquiry into chemical weapons stockpiles,” the real and urgent issue right now is to allow the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) into Douma to hold an independent and authoritative investigation into the evidence there. Russia pressed for it at the U.N. Security Council and the US and its allies blocked it there. But the OPCW went anyway — even after the US-allied invasion on April 14th — and this courageous resistance by them against the US dictatorship can only be considered heroic.

That type of ‘news’-reporting is virtually universal in The West, among the US and its allied governments, which refer to themselves as ‘democracies’ and refer to any Government that they wish to overthrow and replace by their own selected dictator, as ‘dictatorships’, such as these regimes had referred to Iraq in 2003, Libya in 2011, Syria forever, and Ukraine in 2014….

Read More: https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/04/19/how-guardian-fulfills-george-orwell-prediction-of-newspeak.html