Making a list of modern newspeak and doublethink examples... Chip in! (UPDATE1)Submitted by Repo Our Republic on Sun, 02/10/2013 - 19:04
Semantic = Relating to meaning in language or logic.
Newspeak = Ambiguous euphemistic language used chiefly in political propaganda.
Doublethink = Thought marked by the acceptance of gross contradictions and falsehoods, especially when used as a technique of self-indoctrination.
Colbert's interview with Frank Luntz is a good example of political doublespeak in a light hearted way..
In this unfortunately Orwellian world we live in we are seeing more and more misuse of language, and alteration of meaning. Here is a mostly complete current list, negative a few you can help me define better. Please feel free to make the ones on the list more eloquent or informative. or comment on ones to add that you don't see.
--Collateral damage (Newspeak)= Term used by the United States to define an innocent person being murdered in war (undeclared or otherwise), with the defense that they were at the wrong place at the wrong time.
(Ironic note: Could be the term used by Osama Bin Laden to describe why he killed so many Americans on 911)
--Patriot act (Newspeak)= Bill passed in the United States designed make you feel like a patriotic While taking away most right the original patriots fought to protect.
--Spreading democracy(Doublethink)= Ranging from the act of silent regime change, to full scale war against a supposed dictator. Ironically done by a republic, not a democracy.
--Land of the free (Doublethink)= The most prosperous and free nation, which House more people in its Prison System Complex than every other nation combined. Without even having more people in its nation than some individual countries.
--Free speech (Doublethink)= In America you can say what you want without punishment. Unless you release military files, Or are a company on the internet. Or are a whistelblower. Or post anti government sentimence on the internet or elsewhere. Or even a journalist who still investigates.
--Free Election (newspeak)= Elections held with the appearance of choice. Even though there are ever only 2 choices, and the educated majority of Americans hate them both.
--Liberal (semantic)= A democrat
--Conservative (semantic)= A republican
--Imminent Threat (newspeak)= A person who may be working with AL-Qaeda or an 'associated force'
" " = a threat that is real, imagined, speculated or contrived by the King and his court that could take place now, soon, days, weeks, years, decades or never.
--Corporate Personhood (Newspeak)= Rewriting of the bill of writes to serve corporate interest as opposed to individual interest. Since corporations are people, they are still serving the "people".
--Conspiracy Theory (newspeak)= A) A horrible piece of news that is yet to be confirmed or denied. B) A statistically unlikely set of coincidences.
--Revenue Enhancement (Newspeak)= The raising of taxes on the citizens, for the government.
--Arab Spring (Doublethink)= A mass protest for liberation by many Arab countries, that was used by the U.S. and U.N. for regime changes all across the Arab world.
--Domestic Terrorist (Newspeak)= Any person who openly supports the constitution, openly disagrees with current U.S. policies, or openly supports Ron Paul or an 'associated' liberty candidate.
--Government investment (doublethink)= Spending tax dollars or borrowed money to pay of special interests and political contributors.
--Balanced approach to the debt (Newspeak)= Raising taxes, and cutting future spending slightly, While maintaining that having more debt every year is somehow keeping a balanced budget.
---Debt Ceiling: (doublethink) intended to make the listener think it is cap on borrowing, when it actuality, it is the opposite... a 'deadline' designed to create a hysteria among the populace that enables congress to borrow even more.
---America's Interests (Newspeak) = A justification for foreign interventionism on the grounds that 'national defense' includes 'defense' of the farthest reaches of the empire.
---American exceptionlism (Newspeak) = Justification for foreign military intervention, occupation, drone assassination, and other forms of destroying foreigner's lives and property based on America's perceived divine right to rule the world. See also: "The White Man's Burden" and "Manifest Destiny".
---quantitative easing (Newspeak) = The mere act of printing money made to sound complex and technical so it is not questioned by the populace.
--Extremist (newspeak) = Anyone person who supports the constitution and bill of right, Or who disagrees openly with current U.S. policy.
--Department of Defense (Doublethink) = Department of perpetual undeclared war.
--United Nations (Doublethink) = A warring faction of dissolved nations.
--Sustainable development (Newspeak) = A tool used for passing soft laws globally through development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
--smart devices (newspeak) = A device smart enough to spy on you for the government or special interests.
--Standard Operating Procedures (doublethink) = An ever-changing code of operation with a name that indicates that this is how it has always been done.
--War on terror (doublethink) = A never-ending war against an ancient war tactic.
--eminent domain (newspeak) = A violation of the constitution where the government takes your private property, and puts it to public or more commonly special interest use.
--Support our troops (newspeak) = Which is branded as unconditional support for the United States imperialist foreign policy and to the complete disregard to the phenomenon of blow-back.
--Affirmative action (newspeak) = discreet distinctive discrimination.
--Affordable Care Act (doublethink) = Though it supposed to provide 'affordable care', its truly just an expensive euthanasia plan.
--No Child Left Behind (doublethink) = The educational philosophy act of holding the smart kids back and making them follow behind the slow kids.
--National Defense (semantic) = Global Offense.
--Immigration Reform (doublethink) = By telling Americans they want to track immigrants more efficiently, they are enabled to track american citizens more efficiently.
--Convenience Check (Doublethink) = Credit card companies send them to you as a convenience. They charge you through the nose, and later, after having been spent, they become quite "inconvenient."
--National Security (Doublethink) = Excuse for Tyranny installment, national monitoring, and organizing the obedience of the Nation to it.
*--Fiscal Cliff (newspeak) = Smoke and mirrors buzzword introduced to discourage ANY critical economic thinking beyond it.
-- War Hero (newspeak) = One who kills another, for no reason other than he was told to do so by a third party.
--Republicans vs. Democrats (semantic) = A slight variation as with the difference between Coke and Pepsi.
--Constitutionalist (Newspeak) = Potentially dangerous reactionaries - also "anti-government people" "with Confederate ideology".
-- Nobel Prize =
-- Journalistic integrity =
-- Diversity is strength (Doublethink) = By being alone and not united you are stronger.
--Food Stamps =
--Natural Food Products (doublethink) = A naturally grown product yes, that could or could not be altered genetically in the most unnatural way.
--Collective rights =
--Sharpshooter (newspeak) = A sniper, who is killing people the U.S. approves of.
--Politically Correct (newspeak) = Officially Expected to be Morally Subversive (by statement or omission).
--Global Corporate Citizenship (doublethink) = corporations who choose to be good citizens of the world and good stewards of the environment, when its actual purpose is making us all citizens of global corporations under a world government.
--Free Trade Agreements =
--Homeland Security =
There are endless amounts of saddening examples. And that is unfortunate.