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Friday, April 2, 2021

"Dangerous Speech" The New Justification For Censorship


This is precisely what Orwell warned about in 1984:

 “In the end we shall make thought-crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten… Has it ever occurred to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?”


Semantical engineering is a necessary component of a healthy censorship regime in the midst of a population that still enjoys relatively high access to information. The social engineers must consistently provide new explanations for their power grabs as they censor more of the language. New categories of speech to censor by fiat based on parameters invented out of whole-cloth are tools to that end.  

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