Saturday, 26 May 2007


Debasing language, corrupting discourse

Wretchard raises a question:

Now that the term "torture" has been put in one-to-one correspondence with such admittedly unpleasant activities as punching, sleep deprivation, a handkerchief pulled over one's face and loaded with water, searches by women upon sensitive Islamic men or the disrespectful handling of Korans -- what on earth do we call gouging people's eyes out?
Cynic that I am, I've long wondered how the members of the "pomo community" would react if they found themselves the objects of  some good old-fashioned line-'em-up-against-the- wall-and-shoot-'em repression. Godwin's Law (or maybe, The Boy Who Cried "Wolf!") in practice: When you label everyone who disagrees with you a "Nazi," what do you say when the real Nazis show up?

Meanwhile, "david t" at Harry's Place notes an unusual (not!) silence.

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