Words Mean Things

Now that you’ve been warned about the legions of propagandists that prey on your mind, you may want to pay closer attention to their words. You will quickly learn they don’t always mean what they say.

As you may know, many words have variable meanings. Consider the difference between taking a cold shower and giving someone the cold shoulder, for example. The words people use in the political arena are especially confusing because of the games people play with them. For example, if you’re an average American, you probably think communism is evil. Why? Because propagandists continuously describe it as evil. However, communism is essentially a tool, similar to a hammer or a wrench. Wouldn’t it be more accurate to describe the people behind a particular communist regime as good or evil, just as a man who uses a hammer to kill another man is evil?

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. — Socrates

If communism isn’t evil, maybe capitalism isn’t evil, either. However, is it possible that capitalism is easy for evil people to exploit? Some people claim the U.S. isn’t really a capitalist country to begin with. If that’s true, then what is it?

Some desperate propagandists manufacture their own definitions of certain words. They may even create fake dictionaries to promote their definitions. Thus, the terms conspiracy and conspiracy theory are often defined as mental aberrations when they’re in fact perfectly normal (and extremely common). Below is a list of a few words and political terms that either don’t mean what they say or are often used in very misleading ways.

  • activist
  • America First
  • antisemitism
  • democracy
  • denialism
  • fascism
  • genocide
  • Holocaust
  • patriotism
  • terrorism

There are thousands of fake activists all around us, and the media never stop ranting about a genocide in China while ignoring an obvious genocide that has in progress in Israel for 75 years. I would argue that most U.S. citizens who call themselves patriots are actually traitors, and the term America First was adopted by some of America’s greatest patriots long before the term was borrowed by Donald Trump. I don’t have a clue what “rantisemitism” means. Even Encyclopedia Britannica calls it a “misnomer.”

I have much more to say about these any many other words in my books and websites.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. — John F. Kennedy