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The underclass wants to become the overman! - click opera — LiveJournal
February 2010
 
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Wed, Dec. 9th, 2009 04:50 am
The underclass wants to become the overman!

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(Anonymous)
Wed, Dec. 9th, 2009 09:56 am (UTC)

And so political struggle gets turned into a series of semantic negotiations in which supposedly-bad differences are spun, if not into good differences exactly, at least into a series of respectful silences, compensations, tips of the hat, correct terminology (according to an endlessly-turning treadmill powered by stigmas which are never, themselves, challenged, probably because the stigmas encode the victimhood so essential to the whole enterprise) and "appropriate language".

The trouble here is that you ignore the way that the old terminologies change their meaning. They start neutral, then become negative, get appropriated as general terms of denigration. There was a time when, for example, "retarded" or "spastic" were relatively neutral medical terms. But once they got appropriated as insults, then they obviously couldn't be used in the same way. It's not just the PC brigade making up new words, it's that old words get degraded.


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