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Would-Be Tyrants Capture Language to Control Thought
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Would-Be Tyrants Capture Language to Control Thought

By Richard M. Ebeling
Foundation for Economic Education, fee.org
Friday, August 11, 2017

Today's counter-revolution against liberty is being
fought on a number of fronts in American society. One is
on college and university campuses across the country,
where the ideology of "political correctness" is
strangling freedom of speech and smothering intellectual
controversy and debate. Critical to this campaign is the
capture of language.

It is through our language that we think about ourselves,
our relationships to others, and the social order
surrounding us. Words do not merely delineate objects,
individuals, events or actions. Words also create mental
imageries, emotions, attitudes, and beliefs that color
how people see themselves and the world around them.

The Nazi Manipulation of Minds Through Language

For an example of this, we may turn to Victor Klemperer
(1881-1960). Klemperer was a German Jew who survived in
Nazi Germany outside of the concentration camp system,
because his wife, who was not Jewish, defended him
throughout the Second World War. Several years after the
defeat of Hitler, Klemperer wrote a book called The
Language of the Third Reich (1957). A professor of
romance languages at a university in Dresden before
Hitler's rise to power in 1933, he was especially attuned
to the uses and nuances of words and their contextual
meanings.

He kept a detailed and truly fascinating diary about
daily life during the Nazi era in Germany, the full
contents of which, long after he passed away, was
published under the title, I Will Bear Witness: A Diary
of the Nazi Years (1995). He drew upon these meticulous
observations in writing The Language of the Third Reich
in the 1950s. Klemperer argued that virtually everyone in
Hitler's Germany was a Nazi -- whether or not they
considered themselves to be National Socialists --
including many of the victims of the regime (including
German Jews).

Why? Because they had adopted in their thoughts and
beliefs the ideas and ideology of their Nazi masters.
They found it difficult to think about life and morality
independently of the terminology and political phrases
reflecting Nazi conceptions of man, "race," and society.
In their minds, Klemperer was suggesting, they were no
longer self-governing human beings, but slaves of the
regime since they thought and acted in terms of the
lexicon and logic of Hitler's National Socialism. Said
Klemperer:

"Nazism permeated the flesh and blood of the people
through single words, idioms and sentence structures
which were imposed upon them in a million repetitions and
taken on board mechanically and unconsciously...

Language does not simply write and think for me, it
also increasingly dictates my feelings and governs my
entire spiritual being the more unquestioningly and
unconsciously I abandon myself to it... Words can be like
tiny doses of arsenic; they are swallowed unnoticed,
appear to have no effect, and then after a little time
the toxic reaction sets in after all."

Klemperer said that it was not that the Nazis made up
very many new words, though they did in some cases with
intentional design. But what was far more insidious, he
argued, is that through their own particular uses of
existing words, over and over again in their propaganda,
speeches, and publications, they changed the meanings and
contexts of these taken-for-granted words of the German
language.

The Nazis, through this method, made words have only one
meaning, the collective or shared meaning serving the
Nazis' purposes. "Making language the servant of its
dreadful system it procures it in its most powerful, most
public and most surreptitious means of advertising,"
Klemperer explained, and went on:

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Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
Om Shanti

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Dr. Jai Maharaj
2017-08-11 20:16:35 UTC
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Would-Be Tyrants Capture Language to Control Thought
By Richard M. Ebeling
Foundation for Economic Education, fee.org
Friday, August 11, 2017
Today's counter-revolution against liberty is being
fought on a number of fronts in American society. One is
on college and university campuses across the country,
where the ideology of "political correctness" is
strangling freedom of speech and smothering intellectual
controversy and debate. Critical to this campaign is the
capture of language.
It is through our language that we think about ourselves,
our relationships to others, and the social order
surrounding us. Words do not merely delineate objects,
individuals, events or actions. Words also create mental
imageries, emotions, attitudes, and beliefs that color
how people see themselves and the world around them.
The Nazi Manipulation of Minds Through Language
For an example of this, we may turn to Victor Klemperer
(1881-1960). Klemperer was a German Jew who survived in
Nazi Germany outside of the concentration camp system,
because his wife, who was not Jewish, defended him
throughout the Second World War. Several years after the
defeat of Hitler, Klemperer wrote a book called The
Language of the Third Reich (1957). A professor of
romance languages at a university in Dresden before
Hitler's rise to power in 1933, he was especially attuned
to the uses and nuances of words and their contextual
meanings.
He kept a detailed and truly fascinating diary about
daily life during the Nazi era in Germany, the full
contents of which, long after he passed away, was
published under the title, I Will Bear Witness: A Diary
of the Nazi Years (1995). He drew upon these meticulous
observations in writing The Language of the Third Reich
in the 1950s. Klemperer argued that virtually everyone in
Hitler's Germany was a Nazi -- whether or not they
considered themselves to be National Socialists --
including many of the victims of the regime (including
German Jews).
Why? Because they had adopted in their thoughts and
beliefs the ideas and ideology of their Nazi masters.
They found it difficult to think about life and morality
independently of the terminology and political phrases
reflecting Nazi conceptions of man, "race," and society.
In their minds, Klemperer was suggesting, they were no
longer self-governing human beings, but slaves of the
regime since they thought and acted in terms of the
lexicon and logic of Hitler's National Socialism. Said
"Nazism permeated the flesh and blood of the people
through single words, idioms and sentence structures
which were imposed upon them in a million repetitions and
taken on board mechanically and unconsciously...
Language does not simply write and think for me, it
also increasingly dictates my feelings and governs my
entire spiritual being the more unquestioningly and
unconsciously I abandon myself to it... Words can be like
tiny doses of arsenic; they are swallowed unnoticed,
appear to have no effect, and then after a little time
the toxic reaction sets in after all."
Klemperer said that it was not that the Nazis made up
very many new words, though they did in some cases with
intentional design. But what was far more insidious, he
argued, is that through their own particular uses of
existing words, over and over again in their propaganda,
speeches, and publications, they changed the meanings and
contexts of these taken-for-granted words of the German
language.
The Nazis, through this method, made words have only one
meaning, the collective or shared meaning serving the
Nazis' purposes. "Making language the servant of its
dreadful system it procures it in its most powerful, most
public and most surreptitious means of advertising,"
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They have complete control, in the universities. It's
there that they deploy their entire strategy. They excel
at forcing students to adopt language that conforms to
the party line.

It's happening right now, with those pronouns for
dickchoppers:

https://www.wou.edu/wp/safezone/terminology/pronouns/

You pay big bucks to send kids to college, and this is
what they get.

Posted by I want the USA back

End of forwarded post.

Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
Om Shanti

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