The language battle

The language battle has been in progress for well over a century, but it is now reaching a critical tipping point.

Take for example the family.  Based upon standard dictionary definitions of the family, the European Convention on Human Rights says that everyone is entitled to family life. However, when the definition of a family is changed to included homosexual couples, their right to have children is then automatically granted by the European Convention on Human Rights, which was not considered when it was drawn up. This right can be satisfied for homosexual couples only by adoption or by in vitro fertilisation, so will they have ‘first choice’ for adoption and should the tax-payer pay for them to have in vitro fertilisation?

Similarly, changing the dictionary definition of other words immediately changes their meaning in countless pieces of legislation. The legislative changes necessitated by the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is small fry compared with the wholesale change to British legislation by changing the definition of words.

This sleight of hand is the very essence of Orwellian – the deceptive and manipulative use of language to promote and support totalitarian agendas.

Goebbels employed propaganda in World War II and George Orwell demonstrated how language was abused to effect change in Animal Farm, published in 1945.  He continued the theme of the abuse of language in his insightful and prophetic sequel 1984, written in 1948 and published in 1949, introducing the concepts of newspeak, doublespeak and thoughtcrime.  His basic themes were supported by Hannah Arendt in her book The Origins of Totalitarianism, 1951.

Britain is in the middle of a language battle and we neglect it at our peril.

In this post-truth age with its lies and fake news, the solution is to return to the truth and to abandon lies.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s