Monday, November 19, 2007

Politics and the English Language

George Orwell possessed more insight than you or I are likely to encounter. Having reread parts of this article again today, I am reminded of why I hate politics so much.

Political language — and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
The way the English language is abused (for the record, I really struggled with the link placement on that one) sickens me, much like the way I do not think with fondness of my duty to vote for candidates from one of two stables: those whose primary concern is not to better society but to get my vote, and those who will never be elected. The connection between language abuse and politics is an important one, and more nauseating than either, when considered separately. Thanks for reminding me, George.

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