1 ‘A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic’.
2 ‘If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.’
3 ‘Education is a weapon; whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and
whom it is aimed’.
4 ‘War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.’
Two of those quotes belongs to Stalin and two are from George Orwell’s famous dystopian novel ‘1984.’
Almost impossible to tell them apart and that is partly due to the language used and the brazen lack of humanity which sums up both Stalinism and Oceania- the fictional totalitarian state that engineers a mass surveillance of its citizens and ferments paranoia & self-censorship.
Striking a chord yet?
Because this is the political model that parts of the Western World , in particular, the UK and the US are beginning to bend and creak under.
The phenomena of social media has been widely written about. It’s power, it’s reach and how positive it can be when during a global emergency, or an amber alert is issued for a missing child.
But all of us know and most of us have been at the end of the toxic & really dark ‘trolling’ that sweeps across Twitter and Facebook in roiling, oily waves. Extraordinary that so much virulence can be crammed into 240 characters but even the ‘reds’ can be creative once in the while.
The left has made an impressive job of inventing words that become sledgehammers in contemporary debate. Transphobia, Homophobia, Owenjonesaphobia and the ubiquitous teflon terms of racist, TERF, bigot, fascist, Nazi and my absolute favourite ‘White supremacist’.
What the left didn’t bargain for was the tsunami of Nationalist pride that their enforced ‘vocabulary of hate’ would engender. This is heartening but language is still used daily as a weapon against the Right.
The abhorrent Black Lives Matter movement habitually use terms such as ‘non-blacks’, ‘white fragility’ & ‘dismantling whiteness’ as perfectly acceptable.
These are embraced and pushed by the White middle-classes who are ashamed of their working-class roots and believe themselves intellectually superior. However, one of the greatest tricks the cultural marxists ever played was duping (mostly) women who vote Labour and Green that their policies are caring, tolerant & compassionate and the Tories plus everything/one on the Right are intent on letting children expire in poverty and perpetuating an underclass that will make Dickensian London look like two weeks in Madeira
One of my heroes, Enoch Powell, is quoted as saying:-
‘In the end, the Labour party could cease to represent labour. Stranger historic ironies have happened than that.’
The left have often used language to divide & instil fear. Cultural marxists have been using this method for more than a hundred years but politicians and courtiers, revolutionaries and the Church used it for centuries before that.
Diplomats realised the importance of language when the European Royal Courts were overflowing with intrigue and poison, but the courts also served as a fluid ‘newspaper’- foreign diplomats & attendants plus the couriers that were paid to ride through the night brought news about rebellion, regicide and political turmoil.
It must have been quite an art deciding Foreign Policy when the latest news was six months prior to receipt.
Whether by disavowal, implication or ‘evidence’ produced we can see the horrifying cause and effect of words as weapons. During the 1600’s the mere hint, breathless whisper or innocuous mention of ‘witch’ in relation to another could be enough for the agonising torture and the mockery of justice that condemned many women and men to death.
The Witchfinder General ‘Matthew Hopkins’ was a product of the bloody English Civil War & a sadistic personality who was given extraordinary power over the vulnerable. His name invokes an internal shudder and his shadow still looms large and has great influence over language and our indigenous British history.
So, we know that language is an important weapon in our fight for decency and freedom, and that the left have used it uncommonly well to blacken our names, reputations & professional clout –the question is how do we reclaim it?
I have started to implement these words and phrases in my work and during online posts.
I always capitalise Whites and use lowercase for blacks or browns. I use non-Whites, non-indigenous British (NIB’s) & non-native British (NNB’s) to demonstrate strength and ownership of our country.
Turn their sound bytes and buzz words back on themselves. You could use phrases like ‘black weakness’, ‘deconstruct blackness’ and ‘defund London’.
Add ‘defender’, ‘patriot’ and ‘positive Whiteness’ to show pride in our skin colour & ethnicity.
Remember the English language is ours and a gift we bestowed on the world.
There is nuance, strength and beauty to be found within it and you should take tremendous pride in knowing that your ancestors are responsible .