Except it wasn’t. The deliberate obfuscation of language to further selfish greed and wanton death and destruction has only increased with time. “Right to Work” laws. “Citizens United.” We all know that these phrases actually mean the opposite of what they say.
In order to even begin to return to our living roots in this biosphere we will need to take our language apart and put it back together again.
December 19, 2012
by Michel Chossudovsky
Thanks to Jean Hudon of earthrainbownetwork for the pointer to this excerpt. (I put the final sentence in bold):
“While World public attention is riveted on the “Mayan apocalypse”, the “Real Crisis” which is affecting humanity is not an object of serious debate. The Pentagon’s “long war” combined with a murky scenario of global impoverishment and economic breakdown is not front page news. The corporate media plays a central role in providing legitimacy to a destructive military agenda. The US-NATO weapons arsenal and military deployment in all regions of the World are routinely portrayed as instruments of peace. America’s new generation of tactical nuclear weapons are said to be “harmless to the surrounding civilian population”. Pre-emptive nuclear war, which constitutes a de facto doomsday scenario, is portrayed as a “humanitarian undertaking”. Central to an understanding of war is the media campaign which grants it legitimacy in the eyes of public opinion. (…) “When the Lie becomes the Truth within an Orwellian police state environment, there is no going back, humanity is precipitated onto the path of self destruction. It is therefore crucial to fully comprehend the criminal nature of the New World Order, of its legal and political underpinnings, and the nature of the elite power structures which sustain it. To reverse the tide, war criminals in high office, must be targeted as an initial step. The weapons industry must eventually be closed down. The fraudulent financial mechanisms -including derivative trade and speculative instruments, the institutions, the legal apparatus, etc.- underlying the global capitalist economy must eventually also be dismantled. What is presented here are a few thoughts to initiate a broader debate. The complexities underlying the military agenda and global economic system must be addressed if we are to successfully reverse the tide. What is required is a mass movement of people which forcefully challenges the legitimacy of war and economic austerity, a global people’s movement which criminalizes war.”
BTW: for an analysis of how TV anchors “normalize” atrocity with calm, reassuring tones and mild linguistic phrasing, see this latest from Jon Rappoport: