A UK Recovery The Government Should Be Ashamed Of

I have spoken previously on this site about the power of words. About how the phrasing of certain questions impacts on what we think, how we view others and what we believe. Noam Chomsky is a master of linguistics and often he warns us of the power, and danger, in the language we hear and use. This language should be apparent and obvious to us all but we have become so use to hearing it that we pay no real attention. We don’t question it, and by simply accepting the use of that language, we are therefore accepting the message the language carries.

The most obvious example, and one many people would have heard in the last decade or so, would be that of terrorist and freedom fighter. The label of terrorist automatically positions that person in the negative. They are immediately seen as bad. However, if the term freedom fighter was used then people would be more sympathetic to the plight of this individual. Look at the following fake news line I just invented, “A well-known South African terrorist is behind bars tonight after police arrested him at his home”. By replacing the word terrorist, for freedom fighter, the significance and position of the entire story shifts dramatically. “A well-known South African freedom fighter is behind bars tonight after police arrested him at his home”.

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USA: An Obstacle to World Peace, Not a Threat

A few days ago Worldwide Independent Network and Gallup released the results of a survey that they had recently conducted. It was an annual end of year survey in which residents in over 60 countries were asked a variety of questions. One of these questions was “Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today?”. For anyone with a sense of humanity and decency the result should not be that shocking, yet the internet is buzzing with stories and articles in relation to the results of this survey. I was not at all surprised to see that the United States of America came top of the list. I expect many people assumed there would be a similar outcome. The results of the poll show that 24% of those surveyed believe that the US are the greatest threat in this world.

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