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Wørd III: just

just: adv.

1. only, simply
2. flag word, that often indicates that was follows is not only or simply as stated
3. a rhetorical marker that deceives or conditions the listener as well as the speaker as to the simplicity of its object

Wørd II: gender

gender: n.

A couple of yesterdays ago, gender was a linguistic category for nouns, while sex was the biological categories of male and female.

Yesterday, gender meant the subjective social/cultural constructs of what it means to be male or female and the associated roles, whereas sex was the objective biological categories of male and female.

Today, it seems that gender has come to mean whether someone is male or female, natal or reconstructed, and sex is solely a physical activity.

Tomorrow >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Study n° 9.6



Manufacturing Consent: George Orwell

It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. 1984

Although he didn't use the term manufacturing consent, Orwell coined Newspeak, the underlying premise of which is that if something can't be said, then it can't be thought. This suits ideologues, especially those who are either reactionary or progressive or totalitarian alike, and whose aim is to make any alternative thinking or speech impossible by removing any words or possible constructs which describe the prohibited concept.

In Politics and the English Language Orwell lamented the quality of the English of the time (1946), citing examples of dying metaphors, pretentious diction or rhetoric, and meaningless words, all of which contribute to fuzzy ideas and a lack of logical thinking.

Was Orwell a prophet or was 1984 a how to manual? Redefining and eliminating words redefines and eliminates thought. This is the goal of political correctness. Eliminated and redefined thought eliminates and redefines culture, society, institutions, and indeed man itself. Words, thoughts, consent, culture, and man all become manufactured.

The whole climate of thought will be different.
In fact there will be no thought, as we understand it now.


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Manufacturing Consent: Walter Lippmann

Lippmann observed that people make up their minds before they define the facts, while the ideal would be to gather and analyze the facts before reaching conclusions. This in conjunction with an increasingly technological, complex, and interdependent world, points out that the primary defect of democracy is the impossible ideal of the "omnicompetent citizen".

He also maintained that mass media is an ineffective method of genuinely educating the public. The first reason is the ineffectiveness of journalists and the second reason is that "the mass of the reading public is not interested in learning and assimilating the results of accurate investigation."

For Lippmann, the news and truth need not be synonymous, as the “function of news is to signalize an event, the function of truth is to bring to light the hidden facts, to set them in relation with each other, and make a picture of reality on which men can act.” The news, therefore, is “imperfectly recorded” and too fragile to bear the charge as “an organ of direct democracy.”

So the substitute of genuinely educating the public is for journalist to engage in “intelligence work” and transmit information from an elite class of technocrats to the public for the purpose of forming their opinions. The voting citizen then in turn chooses the policies that they been manufactured into consenting to, thus closing the loop.

The phrase Manufacturing Consent comes from Public Opinion, 1922.

Let's Make a Deal


deSchool: II

Why We Must Disestablish School
Many students, especially those who are poor, intuitively know what the schools do for them. They school them to confuse process and substance. Once these become blurred, a new logic is assumed: the more treatment there is, the better are the results; or, escalation leads to success. The pupil is thereby "schooled" to confuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new. His imagination is "schooled" to accept service in place of value. Medical treatment is mistaken for health care, social work for the improvement of community life, police protection for safety, military poise for national security, the rat race for productive work. Health, learning, dignity, independence, and creative endeavor are defined as little more than the performance of the institutions which claim to serve these ends, and their improvement is made to depend on allocating more resources to the management of hospitals, schools, and other agencies in question.

Deschooling Society — Ivan Illich

deSchool: I
1. The first article of a bill of rights for a modern and humanist society corresponds to the first amendment of the United States Constitution. The state shall make no law with respect to an establishment of education. There shall be no graded curriculum, obligatory for all.

2. To make this disestablishment effective, we need a law forbidding discrimination in hiring, voting, or admission to centers of learning based on previous attendance at some curriculum. This guarantee would not exclude specific tests of competence, but would remove the present absurd discrimination in favor of the person who learns a given skill with the largest expenditure of public funds.

3. A third legal reform would guarantee the right of each citizen to an equal share of public educational resources, the right to verify his share of these resources, and the right to sue for them if they are denied. A generalized GI bill, or an edu-credit card in the hand of every citizen, would effectively implement this third guarantee.

4. A fourth guarantee to protect the consumer against the monopoly of the educational market would be analogous to antitrust laws.

A Constitution for Cultural Revolution — Ivan Illich


The political revolutionary wants to improve existing institutions - their productivity and the quality and distribution of their products. His vision of what is desirable and possible is based on consumption habits developed during the last hundred years. The cultural revolutionary believes that these habits have radically distorted our view of what human beings can have and want. He questions the reality that others take for granted, a reality that, in his view, is the artificial by-product of contemporary institutions, created and reinforced by them in pursuit of their short-term ends.

A Constitution for Cultural Revolution — Ivan Illich

Don't oppose the revolution; gain control of it and redirect its ends.


Why the rules of this game require that we all become Gramscians.

Procedural conservatism: the generally pragmatic principle of avoiding the upsetting of existing status quo regardless of the status quo's substance; conservatism of form.

or as G.K. Chesterton said, The whole modern world has divided itself into conservatives and progressives. The business of progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.

Revolutionary conservatism: the conservatism of function, content, or substance, which is fully and proactively engaged in the culture and its institutions.

Dr. Strange Glove

because it is not enough
to obey Big Brother,
one must also love him


how I learned to stop worrying
and love the Obama...

...this much

Wørd: Don't Blame Me...I Didn't Vote for Kodos...Kang Either

n. an economic or political condition in which power is concentrated in two persons or groups

n. the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group

n. a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes; also : a group exercising such control