Whoever Controls the Language Controls You?
The same dynamic is taking place today through the media, colleges, and public schools. It is also evident in many national organizations. We have to be on guard continually to know what reality is and what truth is. When we hear lies repeated often enough, we tend to believe them. This is one reason why freedom requires eternal vigilance. We must even keep a close eye on the use or misuse of our language.
Nineteen Eighty-Four and Orwell’s other novel Animal Farm can teach us a lot about what is transpiring right here at home. We are being controlled! Big Brother is watching, even now while you read this article. You don’t really believe privacy exists anymore do you?
The primary point of this article is to explore how language control can be just as powerful a weapon as guns or bombs. Limiting or controlling our vocabulary (Political Correctness) limits thoughts and therefore limits certain actions or arguments deemed inappropriate by the state.
These types of societal restraints can even be enforced within businesses, homes, or in personal relationships
Orwell’s Thought Police do exist and do control our thinking to at least some degree. So many words in our vocabulary have been removed, modified, or totally changed in definition over the last few decades. As liberals, socialists, and Marxists have gained more and more influence in our society, our vocabulary has been limited and remanufactured to conform to their vision.
Before the Thought Police, I had always believed that the communists, environmentalists, feminists, and homosexuals were radical. I guess I was mistaken. I think we are experiencing the effects of something called logomachy (New Word Alert!).