Silencing Speech

"... given our current environment — of oppression, revolution, intervention, war, pseudo-war and ever-present human power relations — it is worthwhile bearing in mind the dangers of the manipulation of language. What may begin as a temporary method to circumvent reasoned discussion and debate for the sake of a prized political goal may very well end up permanently undermining the trust required for its existence." - Jason Stanley in the NY Times - The Ways of Silencing

Though the kinds of silencing involved are different, this reminds me of Uwe Porksen's book Plastic Words: The Tyranny of a Modular Language that Ivan Illich has talked and written much about.


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