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Beyond Doublespeak: True Lies in the Battle for the Word

I stumbled upon this article from 2010 and it's something that really makes you think. I was pretty surprised reading this.


"Since the dawn of history there have been wars. In the present the United States is involved in at least three: Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan with military presence in many other countries. It seems that the patterns of violence and empires that rise and fall haven't changed much since before Roman times. Should this cycle of violence simply be accepted as the way of the world? Historian and activist Howard Zinn wrote:

In modern times, when social control rests on "the consent of the governed", force
is kept in abeyance for emergencies, and everyday control is exercised by a set of
rules, a fabric of values passed on from one negation to another by the priests and
teachers of the society. (1970, p.6)
Unfortunately, such consent of the governed is rare. Nevertheless, except in an outright dictatorship, there must at least be an appearance of this consent. Linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky described how political decision-making processes require what he called "manufacturing consent" within the populace for governments to justify foreign acts of aggression (Herman & Chomsky, 1988). Often people don't even question whether these ways of violence are necessary. Do most people actually consent to war? And if not, how might we effectively dismantle these weapons and systems of violence?"

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