Eminent Domain – A Newspeak Definition

Today we add another term to our Newspeak Dictionary.

Eminent Domain:  Eminent Domain is a legal process through which a governmental agency strips individuals of their property rights to promote a public project (or lack thereof if setting aside ‘green space’).  The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution does specify that property may not be taken “without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”   I agree to the need for such processes on rare occasions like for the building of the Hoover dam which still provides electricity to a large region of the Southwest but Eminent Domain has also been used in recent years provide transfer property through sweetheart deals to influential private developers.  For this reason, Eminent Domain joins our growing Newspeak Dictionary.

Check out the rest of our Newspeak definitions at Prepography‘s Newspeak, A Modern Political Dictionary and drop me a note if you notice a word or term that needs to be added.

Diversity Training – A Newspeak Definition

Today we add another term to our Newspeak Dictionary.  In previous decades ‘diversity training’ was used to reinforce the laudable idea that all people should be treated with dignity.  Unfortunately, much of the “diversity training industry” has now been hijacked by those with much more extreme agendas.

Diversity Training:  American and Western European equivalent of the Communist re-education camp where problematic thoughts and speech are excised from the attendee.  Originally developed with the intention to train attendees to ‘treat all with dignity’ but now utilized as a ‘Progressive’ vehicle to deter thought crime.  Attendees are regularly taught that the achievements of the ‘majority’ are unearned due to ‘privilege’ and to avoid problematic ideas and speech such as:

  • All lives matter – it’s racist
  • Chairman – it’s sexist
  • Senior citizen – it’s ageist
  • Foreigner – it denigrates those not born ‘here’
  • American – it fails to recognize that the United States isn’t the only country in the Americas

A special thank you to Dr. Walter Williams who suggested the idea that resulted in today’s definition in a recent article.

Check out the rest of our Newspeak definitions at Prepography‘s Newspeak, A Modern Political Dictionary.

Privilege – A Newspeak Definition

Today we add another term to our Newspeak Dictionary.  In traditional use the term ‘privilege’ is used to describe a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people.

Unfortunately, “privilege” is now used as a Newspeak word in place of ‘achievement’ to belittle and steal from those who work hard and achieve success which violates the Progressive concept of ‘equality of outcomes.’

Thank you to Dr. Thomas Sowell for pointing out this frequent substitution in a recent article

Check out the rest of our Newspeak definitions at Prepography‘s Newspeak, A Modern Political Dictionary.

Character Assassination – The Newspeak Definition

Today we add another term to our Newspeak Dictionary.  In traditional use the term ‘character assassination’ is used to describe untrue slanderous or libelous comments used to intentionally damage someone’s credibility and reputation.

In its modern, Progressive usage the term ‘character assassination’ now includes comments as well as the release of documents, testimony or video which negatively affects the credibility or reputation of someone that our political and media class would rather protect even if the information is true.

A recent example of this is when the Race Industry’s attorney representing Michael Brown, the Missouri teen killed by a local law enforcement officer described the release of a store’s surveillance video (a release that was required under the Freedom of Information Act at the request of a number of journalists) purportedly showing the 300 pound teen committing a strong arm robbery a short time before his fatal interaction with the Ferguson, Mo police.  (Source:  Missouri cop was badly beaten before shooting Michael Brown, says source | Fox News)

Newspeak Dictionary Updates

If it’s been a while since you checked out Prepography‘s Newspeak, A Modern Political Dictionary…take a look as there are a number of Newspeak Dictionary updates including:

Common Sense Reform:  Newspeak term used to ‘sell’ the abridgement of freedom.  By incrementally passing ‘common sense reforms’ freedoms can be legislated out of existence in just a few years.  Many of these ‘common sense reforms’ are initiated rapidly in response to a tragic or emotional incident…almost as if the freedom abridging proposal was sitting on the shelf just waiting so that the political elites don’t have to let “a serious crisis to go to waste” (to use the words of the former Obama Administration Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel).

Shared Responsibility Payment? – Today’s Quote

Your 2014 tax return will ask if you had insurance coverage or qualified for an exemption.  If not, you may owe a shared responsibility payment when you file in 2015.

The Internal Revenue Service in Four-Tax-Facts-about-the-Health-Care-Law-for-Individuals

Andrew’s Note:  Doesn’t it sound so much better when they call it a “shared responsibility payment” instead of a TAX.  Americans For Tax Reform calls the term Orwellian and it makes you wonder what other shared responsibilities the legislative, executive and judicial branches will select for us next.  Can’t you just hear the rallying call of the founding fathers ‘shared responsibility payments without representation is treason!’  I think ‘shared responsibility payment’ will have to be the next entry in our Newspeak, A Modern Political Dictionary

Fair Wage – A Newspeak Definition

Without the freedom to think, all other freedoms disappear.  This was the premise behind ‘Newspeak‘ in George Orwell’s classic book 1984.  Newspeak was a modification to the language so that ‘Big Brother’ could exert greater control over what and how people think.  By modifying the language, Big Brother hoped to eliminate ‘thoughtcrime’ and the desire for freedom.  While we are fortunate to live in a society ruled more by law than by man, there is a threat of tyranny in the redefinition, misuse and manipulation of the English language by our political class and their allies in the media that is essentially our own version of Newspeak.  Today we add another entry to our page, Newspeak – A Modern Political Dictionary.  This time we discuss the term “Fair Wage.”

Fair Wage:  Newspeak for an artificially created, centrally controlled wage floor (minimum wage) that fails to take into account the relative income and expenses generated from that labor.  While one would think that a fair wage would be one mutually agreed to by the labor buyer (employer) and labor seller (employee) you would be wrong under the politics of Newspeak.  Proponents of Fair Wage legislation and executive orders believe that the value generated by labor is irrelevant and expect employers to hire entry level workers at an economic loss.  Fair Wage mandates and raises in the minimum wage have been proven time and again to increase unemployment by making entry level jobs either disappear, move overseas or be replaced by automation.  When is the last time you used a full service gas station (not including those required by law such as in New Jersey), checked out at a discount store that didn’t have a self-checkout option or walked past your banks 2 or 3 tellers to use the ATM…all represent jobs lost to Fair Wage mandates.  Without those entry level jobs how is an unskilled or poorly skilled worker to develop skills, a job history or a reputation with his/her employer that leads to promotion and further opportunities for success?

Do you have a Newspeak term you’d like us to highlight on Prepography?  If so, use Submit A Prep Tip to let us know.

Common Core – Another Newspeak Definition

Without the freedom to think, all other freedoms disappear.  This was the premise behind ‘Newspeak‘ in George Orwell’s classic book 1984.  Newspeak was a modification to the language so that ‘Big Brother’ could exert greater control over what and how people think.  By modifying the language, Big Brother hoped to eliminate ‘thoughtcrime’ and the desire for freedom.  While we are fortunate to live in a society ruled more by law than by man, there is a threat of tyranny in the redefinition, misuse and manipulation of the English language by our political class and their allies in the media that is essentially our own version of Newspeak.  Today we add another entry to our page, Newspeak – A Modern Political Dictionary.

Common Core:  Newspeak for ‘centralized control’ of school curriculums.  Common Core is being promoted by its creators as a way to ensure that local school districts “provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.”  Additionally, “the standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.”  While Common Core is a creation of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) it’s potential to be hijacked by those with a political agenda (especially if a social studies component is added) including certain senior leaders at the U.S. Department of Education makes it a troubling development.

Orwell really was prescient.  Do you have a Newspeak term you’d like us to highlight on Prepography?  If so, use Submit A Prep Tip to let us know.

Spending Cuts – A Newspeak Definition

1984 MovieThe concept of Newspeak as described in George Orwell’s classic novel, 1984 seems to be alive and well in our society with the Political Class and their allies.  Today we add the political class’ definition of Spending Cuts to the Prepography Newspeak Dictionary:

Spending Cuts:  Often when the political class talk about ‘cuts’ what they actually mean aren’t cuts from previous spending levels but cuts to projected future growth in spending.  That’s how we have situations come up like the 2013 Sequester and furlough of government workers when Federal spending actually increased from 2012 to 2013.  The poor government workers that took a 20% cut in their work weeks and pay were merely pawns to a political class that was arguing about just how much more to increase government spending.

Do you have a Newspeak term you’d like us to highlight on Prepography?  If so, use Submit A Prep Tip to let us know and check out the growing list of Newspeak definitions we’ve assembled at Newspeak, A Modern Political Dictionary.

Newspeak Dictionary – Your Guide To Understanding The Political Class

Without the freedom to think, all other freedoms disappear.  This was the premise behind ‘Newspeak‘ in George Orwell’s classic book 1984.  Newspeak was a modification to the language so that ‘Big Brother’ could exert greater control over what and how people think.  By modifying the language, Big Brother hoped to eliminate ‘thoughtcrime’ and the very desire for freedom.

While most of those reading this article are fortunate enough to live in a society ruled more by law than by man, there is a threat of tyranny in the misuse and manipulation of the English language by our political class and their allies in the media that is essentially our own version of Newspeak.

George Orwell PrescienceI’ve written on several occasions about how our Newspeak attempts to make the illogical, illegal, ridiculous, tyrannical and evil seem acceptable or even preferable.

Just to be clear, Newspeak isn’t the province of a single political party, both parties are equally guilty and any third party that gains traction will likely resort to the tactics of Newspeak as well.  From time to time we’ll introduce additional Newspeak definitions to help armor you against the Jedi mindtricks of the political class.

Keep an eye on Prepography as we begin to build the Prepography Newspeak Dictionary and feel free to contribute your own definitions as well using the ‘Submit A Prep Tip‘ button.  Our First definition:

Newspeak:  Manipulative language used by the political class and their allies to mislead, sway opinions, suppress dissent and control thought.

Do you have a Newspeak term you’d like us to highlight on Prepography?  If so, use Submit A Prep Tip to let us know and check out the growing list of Newspeak definitions we’ve assembled at Newspeak, A Modern Political Dictionary.

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