I read Orwell's 1984 in 1981. By the time three years had passed, even the mainstream media was predicting the ultimate failure of the Soviet Union. By the early 90's it was all over - or so we thought.
We are living in a world in which the slogans from the book would not be out of place.
Those who took up the Marxist cause in the West general avoided the full-blown Gus Hall strategies and instead worked to make straight the path for Socialism by undermining the culture of Western societies.
George Lukaks, Antonio Gramsci, Herbert Marcuse ,et al, would be impressed.
"An essay that was purportedly written by a fourth grader and subsequently uploaded to Reddit has captured quite a bit of attention. The short text — one that is said to have come directly from the mind of a child — addresses the controversial subject of gay marriage, telling opponents of legalization to just “get over it.”
Posted by user “rafa3l2,” an individual who claims to be the student’s teacher, the message accompanying the image reads, “One of my 4th grade students chose gay marriage as his topic for a persuasive essay. This is the result. More sense than some adults.”....
“Why gay people should be able to get married is you can’t stop two adult’s from getting married because there grown and it doesn’t matter if it creeps you out just get over it,” the essayreads (spelling and grammar kept in tact). “And you should be happy for them because it’s a big moment in their life. When I went to my grandparents wedding it was the happies momment.' "
Remember the bumper sticker "Pro-child Pro Choice"?
Samuel Adams' strategy was to put his opponent int the wrong and keep him there. The Left has already put themselves in the wrong on a host of issues, thus saving us the work, but we keep letting them pretend that they are in the right. We need to change the language of the argument by relentlessly proclaiming the truth and exposing their positions as wrong.
In the case of marriage, we must argue against the idea of governments creating rights and institutions that these can, by extension take away. We must make it clear that marriage existed long before any state did and that no artificial construct has the authority to change such an institution. Those who want to use legislation to play-act marriages are wrong and they do not make sense, but we keep failing to address these facts.
By letting the Left and their allies control the use of words, we are letting them control the debate. When it comes to right and wrong, we must seize control of the language of the debate or we will lose.
The principle of linguistic relativity holds that the structure of a language affects the ways in which its speakers conceptualize their world, i.e. their world view, or otherwise influences their cognitive processes. Popularly known as the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis, orWhorfianism, the principle is often defined as having two versions: (i) the strong version that language determines thought and that linguistic categories limit and determine cognitive categories and (ii) the weak version that linguistic categories and usage influence thought and certain kinds of non-linguistic behaviour.