Thursday, August 31, 2006


Who makes up this shit?

The manipulation of language for propaganda is obviously not a new concept, it's been relied on by totalitarian governments like those of the USSR, China and Nazi Germany throughout the 20th century as a useful tool to confuse and demoralize an ignorant populace. But rarely have we seen a more concerted, organized effort from a government of a "free society" to urge its people away from using facts or history as a guide for drawing conclusions about world events and foreign policy.

This administration has redefined terrorism as simply an "us vs. them" or "good vs. evil" equation and is now beginning a new effort to redefine fascism in similar terms. Obviously terrorists and fascists are threats to any free society. But the devil is in the details and by simplifying the common meaning of these words to fit a specific geo-political agenda the powers that be are engaging in a short sighted manipulation which can only erode the true horror these concepts depict. It's a lot like crying wolf. When we claim that a rude waiter is acting like a Nazi we don't truly elevate him to the status of a monster, instead we degrade the details of Hitler's agenda to the status of inconvenience.

The fact is we don't need scary new words like Islamofascism to describe Islamic extremism, we have a description that works just fine -- it's called religious fundamentalism, and it is already scary. I will stand first in line to denounce fundamentalism in all its unsavory and anti-democratic detail but with the debt this Administration owes to Christian Fundamentalism I'm fairly sure this President will not.


At 6:12 PM, Anonymous John The Bee said...

"Farther Along And Stronger Bonged A Gong Of A Throng Of Frogs.

Thick and Thicker Ticked A Thicket Of Bickering Crickets."

James Thurber, The Thirteen Clocks

At 9:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Death To All Fundamentalist!

At 8:04 AM, Blogger Alec The Bee said...

When our words echo those of our enemy our actions can't be far behind. I think we could simply wish that fundamentalists be forced to live by their own code and that would be punishment enough.


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