Posts tagged semantics

mohandasgandhi:

machistado:

Is it a Nazi? Use this handy guide to find out. 

During election season, this is especially relevant to Tumblr. Since we’re getting in to ideological semantics, let’s explore a more appropriate and active adjective: what is fascist and what is not. Laurence Britt defined fascism in a way that really cranks up the cognitive dissonance.

mohandasgandhi:

machistado:

Is it a Nazi? Use this handy guide to find out. 

During election season, this is especially relevant to Tumblr.


Since we’re getting in to ideological semantics, let’s explore a more appropriate and active adjective: what is fascist and what is not. Laurence Britt defined fascism in a way that really cranks up the cognitive dissonance.

Marmor, Mashaw, and Lakoff – the language of egalitarianism has been hijacked

Whatever label you use, the right has gained control of the framing, and framing controls cognitive function. Cognition does not require logic. Those who have been watching the Republican debates have been able to witness cognitive activity that is almost totally devoid of logic, yet the candidates have been well versed on framing. It is the moral worldview of freedom from government that prevails, while dismissing the logic of the great benefits that we receive as a people joining together to establish and operate our own government. This worldview allows them to dismiss the obvious logic of an improved Medicare program that would cover everyone.

We do need to recapture the framing from the conservative ideologues who would destroy as much government functioning as they can. Why they would is beyond the capacity of many of us to understand, but then we are looking for logic where it may not exist.


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The Neo-Fascist Efforts not to say “Gay”

It’s not just a Tennessee thing; this is an organized effort by neo-fascists to dehumanize the LGBT community.

Words matter. They shape how people think, especially about matters with which they are unfamiliar. And just as it’s not “gay lunch” or “gay baseball,” calling it “gay marriage” means it is different from “straight marriage.” It’s not.