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"Words are the new weapons; satellites, the new artillery."
Elliot Carver, Tomorrow Never Dies

Real Life

"To be 'Orwellian' is to speak with absolute clarity, to be succinct, to explain what the event is, to talk about what triggers something happeningÖ and to do so without any pejorative whatsoever!"
—Spin doctor Frank Luntz invokes Poe's Law

"As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests."

"Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge."
Toni Morrison

"Language has always been important in politics, but language is incredibly important to the present political struggle. Because if you can establish an atmosphere in which information doesn't mean anything, then there is no objective reality. The first show we did, a year ago, was our thesis statement: What you wish to be true is all that matters, regardless of the facts. Of course, at the time, we thought we were being farcical."

"The United States, to an unusual extent, is a business-run society, more so than others. The business classes are very class-conscious...We donít use the term 'working class' here because itís a taboo term. Youíre supposed to say 'middle class,' because it helps diminish the understanding that thereís a class war going on."
Noam Chomsky

"In America, 99 percent of the money belongs to about 300 men. Those men are certain you want their money, and if you've ever wanted money for any reason, they're probably right. It's turned the rich into paranoid hoarders, and for some reason they pay Fox News to tell us all about it... They refer to billionaires as 'job creators' instead of 'human hunters.' They call it a War on Success if you apply basic economic theories to the financial crisis. And they accuse you of communism if you notice that any of this is retarded."
Seanbaby, "The 8 Greatest Wars Ever Fought by Fox News"

"For what itís worth, a school shooting is defined by Wikipedia as 'an occurrence in which an individual discharges a gun and that incident takes place at an education institution.' This seems pretty straightforward. There is a shooting at a school; it is a school shooting... So, what better way to combat this alarming list of school shootings than to redefine the term 'school shooting' itself? By doing this, according to gun-rights activists, you knock off, say, 59 of the 74 school shootings, leaving you with only 15 real, true, legitimate school shootings. ONLY 15! Thatís nothing. We can live with that, right? The sad thing is, media outlets are now using this new 'revised' number."
Matt Binder

"Do not allow others to dictate the debate by injecting their own politically correct language like: higher order thinking skills, site-based management or gender norming. It's a smokescreen. Insist on using plain English in your debates."
Tom DeWeese, American education activist.

"This is why we canít have nice things.

No seriously, the biggest block there is to fixing the myriad of things wrong with everything in our society is the fact that a dedicated bloc of our populace reacts like winged howler monkeys whenever an ever-growing list of verboten words are invoked. As such, something like this which is literally the least anyone could do about the problems surrounding rape in schools this country
the world is deemed instantly bad evil wrong and needs to be destroyed simply because it involves 'White House' 'college' and 'sexual'."
Sadly, No! rebuts Jonah Goldberg's "What War on Women?"

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