Language is very key to understanding the American Progressive mindset. Dewey, among others, believed that you could be controlled by controlling the language you use. According to Dewey, if you do not have the proper word for something, you will not or cannot think about it. Therefore, if certain words are removed from your vocabulary, certain actions that are commonly associated with them will also disappear. This is all connected to the idea that men can consciously direct the evolution of human nature through “scientific” social manipulation. Essentially, this is what Orwell’s book, “1984,” is all about (if you haven’t read it, or haven’t read it lately, you should do so. You will be struck by just how accurate he was – right down to the cameras in the TV screens to monitor your activity).
However, Dewey was not entirely off base. Language is important, but not so much because it controls what and how you think. On this, Dewey was…well, an idiot. Anyone who has ever been around children will tell you that, if you tell them they cannot use a certain word to represent a certain idea, they will just change the meaning of some other word and use it instead. It should have been obvious to Dewey that thoughts come before and exist outside of whatever language we may be using. No, the important part of what Dewey was working on is in how the careful and clever manipulation of the way you word something can totally change the meaning people hear. This is how Progressives manage to talk in the open about their ideas, goals and intentions and no one ever understands them. Saul Alinsky openly admitted it in his book, Rules for Radicals:
“The question may legitimately be raised, why not use other words – words that mean the same but are more peaceful, and do not result in such negative emotional reaction?”
You see, language is nothing more than a form of logic, just like mathematics. And one of the most basic elements of language are the words we use, or – more specifically – the definitions of those words. If we do not use them correctly, then the message we are trying to convey is subject to being misunderstood. In this sense, an imprecise or incorrect use of words is similar to a logical fallacy: it is a mistake in communications. It is when these mistakes are intentional that we need to start becoming skeptical of the person committing them. No one ever deceives without reason.
Now that I have set the rest of this post up for you, let me see if I can give you a little insight into how I make the connections I make. Perhaps you have read one of my posts in which I have asserted that the government is trying to make us all into serfs and have wondered why I would say such a thing. The answer is found in combining a knowledge of current events with an understanding of the dictionary definition of words. First, we need to look at a couple stories.
There are many ways that our freedom of travel is being curtailed through little nudges, and it would take to long to explain this thuroughly, but this story is sufficient to show you a little bit of what I mean when I say the govt. is “nudging” us into traveling less:
Next, couple the growing restrictions on our freedom to travel to the govt.’s increasing ownership of private property in this nation:
Now, if you do not see how these things are connected, let me take you on a little trip through the dictionary. First, you need to understand that you cannot really be put in jail for not paying your taxes, but you can lose all your property and be refused federal assistance if you don’t. This means you are effectively forced to work for the federal government whether you like it or not. the word for this is slave:
Definition of SLAVE
1: a person held in servitude as the chattel of another
2: one that is completely subservient to a dominating influence
3: a device (as the printer of a computer) that is directly responsive to another
Definition of CHATTEL
1: an item of tangible movable or immovable property except real estate and things (as buildings) connected with real property
Definition of BONDMAN
Definition of SERF
: a member of a servile feudal class bound to the land and subject to the will of its owner