Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.
— George Orwell, 1984
It’s everywhere. The slaughter of the English language on the altar of political correctness and “inclusiveness” serves a darker purpose: the compression of acceptable thought into narrow pathways through normal discourse.
No longer can we call the 6’3″ 250 pound team handball player a man pretending to be a woman. No, we must call him a woman, or even more ridiculously a “trans-woman.” What is that? Either we accept the insanity of a snap of the fingers and poof! He is a she, or we don’t. Why the weasel words, if not to force ever more tortured language upon us and to elevate a psychiatric disorder to celebratory heights?
We have prodded and snipped and trimmed the noble goals and laudable results of our founders’ political philosophy in the same way. We have devolved from the simple and glorious idea that equality of opportunity is all society needs, to the shorter and more opaque “equality,” to the even shorter and dangerously unequal “equity.” What does “equity” mean in a pluralistic society? Legally mandated financial equity? Sexual equity? Physical equity?
Are we a few years removed from legal mandates that require everyone to be the same financially, on pain of confiscation? Or perhaps a legal mandate to date all comers, including that oh-so-feminine linebacker above? Or maybe everyone shall, by law, be average height and weight?
As OregonMuse pointed out recently, language is being manipulated for political ends like never before. His example of the simple and obvious word “infrastructure” being twisted and hammered and manipulated to mean “I want to spend money this way, therefore it is infrastructure” is an ominous signal that even the lax standards of our legislature are being destroyed. If funds earmarked for X are used for Y, with the argument that X=Y, then we have arrived at the end game of our republic and its carefully crafted limits (hah!) on spending.
But it is the social language that may do us in.
Peaceful = Rioting.
Man = Woman.
Free Speech = Violence.
I shudder to think what is coming tomorrow!