"The great trouble with religion – any religion – is that a religionist, having accepted certain propositions by faith, cannot thereafter judge those propositions by evidence. One may bask at the warm fire of faith or choose to live in the bleak uncertainty of reason – but one cannot have both." ~ Robert Heinlein
Slavespeak, Part II
Column by tzo.
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Bombs in the Brain
The design of Slavespeak is such that its words and terms detonate emotional bombs in the brain that function like controlled directional explosive charges. The use of them reflexively jumps the state of mind directly from a to b without the benefit of rational thought.
They are of the category “anti-concepts,” as Ayn Rand called them. Each word or term is an artificial, unnecessary, and rationally unusable term that is designed to replace and obliterate other legitimate concepts. The use of anti-concepts gives the user an emotional sense of approximate understanding, but the words and terms have no precise definitions.
Consider as examples the words Capitalism and Socialism. People can argue for days about these (political? social?) systems. Some may have precise definitions in mind, but there may be multiple “precise” yet very different definitions floating around for each word. Most people probably have no definite idea as to what they really mean when they use these particular words, but they are quite sure that one is good and the other is bad, because they are all, like, opposites and stuff.
But the very purpose of a definition is to distinguish one thing thus defined from all other things in existence, and so the defining characteristic of a word or term must always be the essential characteristic that distinguishes it from everything else.
Slavespeak introduces language that has no such precision and is in fact a “package-deal” conglomeration of disparate, incongruous, contradictory elements that are separate from any fixed contexts. These “package-deal” conglomerations have defining characteristics that are not essential, but rather non-essential. In other words, they define nothing concrete. They do not define something that is distinct from all other things. They are fuzzy packages that elicit a range of fuzzy ideas designed to drive a particular strong emotion: A controlled directional charge. They are frauds whose function is to obscure understanding rather than to facilitate it, and they also serve to make it harder to grasp other, legitimate concepts that may be linked to them within an encompassing set of related ideas.
Every successful politician is quite adept at incorporating such vacuous weasel-talk into his inspirational rhetoric. Sprinkle in some patriotic, duty, flag, sacrifice, troops, defense, contribute, and the crowd gets goosebumps. Facts? What facts? Facts don’t matter. Just listen to all the little explosive charges going off in the audience’s heads like a Fourth of July finale! Standing ovation!
The use of one word can have vast and far-reaching consequences. … most Slavespeak words (like "government," "state," "constitution," "law," "king," "president," etc.) are such intellect-devastating, thought-destroying package-deals—that tend to trigger automatic meanings, images, associations, emotions, attitudes, and hypnotic, stupefying inhibitions—beneficial to terrocrats and harmful to their victims. ~Frederick Mann
Invoking Slavespeak words and phrases can indeed act like a trigger, effectively inducing a hypnotic stupor upon both speaker and listener. Rational thought flees before the shockwave of altered consciousness that rushes in and reflexively changes the state of mind, pushing it into predetermined channels.
She’s an anarchist. That guy’s an ex-con. Look, it’s the President! Each generates its own unique flood of automatic meanings, images, associations, emotions, attitudes, and hypnotic, stupefying inhibitions.
But look: There is no President of the United States. There is no person who actually possesses the right to do what the person who calls himself “President” claims to possess. There is perhaps an egomaniacal guy in a suit who refers to himself by that title, imagining he has the superhuman power of legitimate external authority, and perhaps there are millions of others who go along with that delusion, but delusion it is nonetheless.
He's just a guy, and to the extent that he is able to convince people to commit aggression in his name, not a very good guy. You wouldn't like me if I did that.
And so why isn’t he simply called “emperor” instead of “president”? Ah, the Slavespeak word “emperor” has acquired too much negative baggage in order for this culture to accept an “emperor” as a legitimate source of authority, so now the correct Slavespeak word for one’s thug-master is “president.” The external authority’s label slides from one magic word to another, but the identical external authority premise remains intact: I would never accept an external authority who called himself “king” or “emperor,” my external authority must be called “president.” This is proudly cited as progress.
But if external authority creates a master/slave relationship, then how important, really, is the label borne by the master? Or by the slave? Sorry, I meant to say subject. I mean serf. Uhh, citizen. Gussy it up all you want, it’s the same thing over and over and over. Only the language shifts, and that seems to be enough to completely fool just about all the people just about all of the time. Truly amazing.
Clear Your Head
Thoughts and ideas originate in your brain and are, you would like to believe, intrinsically motivated. After all, there is no one else besides you in your head, right? These thoughts and ideas then drive your behaviors and actions. Language is supposedly only a tool for you to use to express your thoughts, actions, and observations, but at times—as has been noted in this essay—the individual can become subject to the influence of the controller of the language.
Language can be used like a Trojan horse to inject extrinsic motivations into individual brains so that the individual’s thoughts and ideas are not truly intrinsically motivated, even though the individual believes they are. So while an individual always attempts to act in ways designed to best serve his own interests, if an individual is guided by extrinsic rather than intrinsic motivation, then he is serving someone else’s needs at the expense of his own.
Slavespeak is indeed a type of language that generates thoughts, feelings, ideas, and ultimately, actions, and its devastating power lies in the fact that most people don’t realize they are using it—or more precisely stated—that it is using them.
The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. ~ Steve Biko
Drop the self-hypnotic language and the world immediately begins to look different. Those who have been taking advantage of the power that this language held over you suddenly lose their magical specialness aura. They’re just regular ol’ folks like you and me. And when regular folks begin to act in an irrational, unethical manner, then you call ‘em on it. It’s time to start calling a thug a thug.
Welcome Back to Reality
An individual who extorts money in exchange for protection can be called a thug. Individuals who are the muscle behind the thugs can be called hoodlums. Nothing supernatural going on here, just an accurate description of people who behave in certain ways that everyone can understand.
What if everyone began referring to elected officials as “thugs” and policemen as “hoodlums” instead of “authorities”? Now we have removed the supernatural aspects from the equation and our terms accurately describe the actual human action being done by actual human beings. Just imagine if everyone was brought up using those words to describe these alleged “civil servants.”
Currently, it is not uncommon to hear something along the lines of, We need government to keep order in society, and the police are there to help support that effort. The Slavespeak in this sentence is sufficient to persuade the targets of this deceptive language to agree and to submit.
It really couldn’t be pulled off with, We need thugs to keep order in society, with the help of their hired hoodlums. Not quite as persuasive when realistic descriptors replace the deceptive language. No society of decent Slavespeak-free people is ever going to legitimize such a ridiculous proposition.
Purge the Slavespeak, Slavethoughts, Slaveideas, and Slaveactions from your life by rejecting the idea of legitimate external authority. Recognize your innate authority and take control and responsibility for your own life. See things as they are, not as they are portrayed through a language that is meant to deceive. The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.
The Bigger Picture
If you are at all alarmed at the detrimental effects this Slavespeak indoctrination wreaks upon the mental state of the individuals subject to it, then you have to really cringe at what it allows the controllers to inflict by way of physical damage—both to their own slaves and to the rest of the world—all facilitated through the slaves’ financial and moral support.
The widespread hierarchical master/slave model that is currently being implemented around the world is unethical, and what it produces is inefficient and violent. Since inefficiency breeds poverty and violence breeds war, this explains why the world has an oversupply of these unwanted commodities.
The first step in eliminating these scourges is to escape the trance that this mind-deadening language induces. Begin to call things by their right names. This may seem trivial at first, but it is in fact quite powerful and very empowering.
When more and more people begin to see the world as it really is and see the self-proclaimed authorities/masters for what they really are, then the support that these deceivers depend upon will begin to evaporate and the horrible side effects of this dysfunctional relationship--namely poverty and war--will dramatically decrease.
Everyone wants to end poverty and war, but they can’t see how to accomplish the mission. It seems utterly hopeless—a fool’s errand. But they are not seeing the world as it is, they are interpreting everything through the deceptive Slavespeak filter. Lose this distortion and the seemingly unsolvable big problems of the world suddenly don’t seem so impossible. But you have to take that first step yourself before you can help others do the same and ultimately begin the chain-reaction that must occur in order to actually significantly change the world for the better.
Now on the count of three, snap your fingers and wake yourself up.
War will end when a majority of men on this earth know that every man is free. Each person must see for himself that everyone is self-controlling and responsible. So long as any large group of persons, anywhere on this earth, believe the ancient superstition that some Authority is responsible for their welfare, they will set up some image of that Authority and try to obey it. And the result will be poverty and war. ~ Rose Wilder Lane