Newspeak – for emotional populists

Some people seem to get extremely upset when faced with some rather pedestrian ideas. And no wonder, because they are speaking a different language, literally!

Here is how I understand some of the expressions being used, and what these emotional populists actually interpret them to mean…

Term/Expression What I understand: What emotional populists understand:
“I disagree”
I don’t think that’s entirely correct. You oppose everything I stand for. Maybe you even hate my very being.
Authoritarians
People who want power and control centralised in government. A new Hitler/Stalin or even anyone who dares to take a strong position/statement on controversial issues.
Capitalists/Capitalism
Advocating of free trade and private ownership of the means of production (capital); so that they who work hard and takes risks will be the one to reap the rewards.

Opposite of Socialism.

Greedy rich people who want to get rid of rules that protect society, so that they do not have to contribute to society.
Communism
Imposed equality of outcome. State ownership of all capital. Socialism taken to its logical conclusion. Evil dictators. Or idealistic good lefties corrupted by power.
Conservatives
People who want to retain tradition, either out of habit/comfort, or out of caution of the danger of changing society too quickly, or even out of recognition the strengths and benefits of inherited wisdom. Backward bigots/rich Tories/Republican gun freaks.
Crony capitalism
The antithesis of free market capitalism, aka Kleptocracy: The abuse of government influence to gain wealth, such as state-sponsored monopolies. The bigger the government, the greater the abuse and wealth gained – a particular vulnerability of socialism. The inevitable consequence of capitalism.
Democratic Socialism / Democratised Socialism
Exactly the same as socialism – because the economic nature of state control over production is not dependent on whether or not it was democratically supported. The idea that socialism can be rendered benign by virtue of its democratic establishment.
Discrimination
Distinguishing between different things. Hate against those who are different.
Diversity
Being different, or having different backgrounds. Anyone that is not white, heterosexual, or male
Emigrant
Someone who has migrated out of the country.Literally an “outward migrant”. Is that a misspelling of “immigrant”?
Equality
Giving everyone equal rights, and equal treatment. Ensuring everyone has the same outcome in life.
Establishment
A term describing people or organisations who have gained widespread recognition and long-term endurance – such as a big multinational business, or an entrenched political party. Anyone with substantial wealth. Usually conspiring to oppress the poor.
European Union
An ambitious project of political power play, seeking to consolidate control of European nation states into a massive global superpower (that rivals the USA, Russia, and China), to achieve through politics what the instigators of WW2 failed to achieve through military might. Trading with Europeans, travelling in Europe, and European countries. Anti-war.
Exchange rate
How much a currency is valued compared to a different currency. A figure that is caused by the interaction of supply and demand, with no direct meaning in absolute terms. A measure of personal wealth relative to foreign wealth; ipso facto – the direct representation of a nation’s wealth.
Ex-pat
Someone who lives outside the country they were born in. Short for ‘Ex-patriate’, meaning “outside the land of the father”. Rich white people from the west who move to poorer countries, who benefit from the glamour of being a foreigner and increased spending power due to advantageous exchange rate.
Far left
Totalitarian communists Idealists
Fascists
Authoritarian nationalists. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal.
Far right
Libertarian capitalists Totalitarians/Nazis/Fascists. The epitome of evil.
Free speech
The right to say anything you want, no matter how controversial, for the sake of facilitating public debate, challenging social mores, and protecting individual freedoms. The right to slander people based on limited understanding of their views, to say only socially acceptable things, and the legal obligation to stop people saying or writing things that hurt your feelings.
GDP
Gross Domestic Product – essentially how much monetary value is being added by a country’s economic activity, whether by business, consumers, or government. An indicator of economic activity, which correlates with a nation’s economic health. The cumulative wealth of a nation.
Going on strike
Industrial action of last resort, the last course when conventional negotiation fails, designed to hit the profits of the employer by killing productivity. Political action designed to raise awareness to the plight of the ‘working class’, by hurting the middle class public who rely on public transport to earn a living, and whose jobs are not protected by trade unions.
Health tourism
The deliberate travel to a country to make use of, and pay for, the superior health service available in that country. The deliberate travel to a country to abuse its state-funded health provision.
Immigrant
Someone who has migrated into the country. Literally an “inward migrant”. Someone who is poor and undoubtedly skilled and hard-working, who thus deserves a resident visa because this country wouldn’t survive if there are no hard-working immigrants.
Invest
Putting money into an endeavour to give it capital for growth and building up productivity, in the hope of redeeming the investment at a material profit or otherwise gain in value. Spending money on government provision of services, regardless of whether or not the funds are available, and with no regard for economic sustainability or return on investment.
Left-wing
Advocating increasing the reach of government, centralisation of control, and state control of industry.
Liberal attitude to social values/traditions.
Ideas by people who care about improving the country. Everyone else is either narrow-minded, backward, or selfish.
Left of centre
A lean toward government provision of services at the cost of higher taxes. The idea that the government should pay for everything that I think the public needs, and to always intervene to prevent people from making poor choices.

In other words, socialism in its truest sense.

Liberals
People unfettered by social mores and traditions. Good people.
Libertarians
People concerned with protecting individual liberties over state control. Right-wingers pretending to be good.
Migrant
Someone who moves from one place to settle in another place. Refugee.
Nationalism
The concept of prioritising the country’s needs over that of foreign interests. Racism and fascism.
Parliamentary Sovereignty / National Sovereignty
The right of a country to determine its own legislation and policy without being subject to foreign control or interference. The right for a country’s politicians to make decisions for the plebeian electorate.
President / Prime Minister
The head of government, elected to represent the desires of the people in setting policy and driving legislation. Supreme ruler, without which a nation and its citizens will fall into disorder and chaos.
Populism
Appealing to the desires of the populace, regardless of ideological principles or political loyalties. Appealing to right-wing bigots.
Progressives
People who want to change society to what they THINK would be better. People who want to change society to what they are absolutely CERTAIN would be better.
Racism
Prejudice based on a person’s skin colour, race, or ethnicity.

Somewhat related to xenophobia (the prejudiced dislike of a person based on their nationality).

Any signs of negativity toward a person with a darker skin tone.

Giving foreigners a lower priority when it comes to national interests.

Criticism of Islam (other religions don’t count).

Someone seeking refuge in another country due to persecution they face in their own country. Someone seeking to move from a poor country to a rich country.
Right-wing
Advocating reducing the reach of government, devolution of control to the most localised level possible, and private control of industry, as typified by the free market.

Conservative attitude to social values/traditions.

Selfish ideas, by people who only care about themselves. Populists. Anyone who doesn’t agree with the Left.
Right of centre
A lean toward lower taxes and less government intervention. People who still believe that the government should intervene to prevent bad choices, but who do not mind some form of capitalism.

In other words, socialists with a desire for lower taxes.

Socialists/Socialism
Advocating state ownership and control over capital and the means of production, so that government bureaucracy rather than private enterprise controls and monopolises the industry. This means that nobody involved in industry is motivated by a reward, whilst the public purse takes the risk.

Opposite of Capitalism.

People who care about protecting human rights, in particular being generous toward the poor and vulnerable.
Terrorist
Political activists who resort to force of violence, targeting civilians indiscriminately, in order to gain widespread media and political attention for their cause. Anyone who resorts to deadly violence regardless of justification or cause (such as disgruntled employees). Definition of violence may include threat of violence or verbal aggression.
Tolerance
The acceptance of differences, whether in background or opinions. The normalisation of liberal values, where differences of opinion are not acceptable or tolerated.
Trade union
Industrial collective designed to be a balance of power against unscrupulous employers. Political activists who are protectors of the poor and vulnerable.
Violence
The deliberate application of harmful physical force on another creature or human being. Any action that can cause physical or emotional pain, such as signs of anger, threat of aggression, or verbal abuse.
World Trade Organisation (WTO)
An international organisation set up to facilitate global trade and ensure fair practices through internationally-agreed regulation. A set of rules representing the worst-case scenario imaginable for international trade, which would destroy the United Kingdom’s economy.
Engineer
Someone who engineers/designs solutions as a professional discipline. Technician/ mechanic/ grease monkey.
Technician
Someone who works on fixing and maintaining technical or mechanical equipment. Someone with good technique.
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Author: Hoong-Wai

I'm a sinner. I have an interest in economics, philosophy, politics, science, sociology, technology, theology (in alphabetical order). I care about truth and justice. I can be a contrarian.

6 thoughts on “Newspeak – for emotional populists”

  1. Have you heard of the word ‘Gold plating’ ?
    Britain’s regulators have in recent years been some of the most prominent in promoting strict regulation.
    http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-markets-regulations-idUKKCN0X51HI
    In the UK Whitehall has a tendency to goldplate every directive with unnecessary harshness and immediacy, again blaiming faceless eurocrats in Brussels.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/9777214/Strip-back-EU-job-laws-urges-IoD.html
    This blog article is just more Brexit tosh

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    1. Why, are you going to lend us your vote to give us the power to enact actual change? Or is this just another cheap swipe?

      Regardless of your answer, UKIP will carry on campaigning for fairness, justice, and policies that work. We will be the voice of the silent majority, and we will keep on putting on pressure on the government to answer to the people.

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      1. It’s a cheap swipe, but not against your party, against you as a content creator. I’d put myself into the undecided area but when you come across content which rather than talking about it’s own party will give examples as to why it’s better than another party, it’s probably compensating

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      2. Well, first of all, this blog is not meant to serve as party propaganda. This is my personal blog.

        This article in particular has nothing to do with UKIP. It is meant to help people on both sides of the argument understand what both sides mean when they used certain terms an expressions. These terms are heavily loaded with presumptive baggage, and contribute to the temperature of the exchanges.

        Other posts could be my own take of events already occurred. Or it could be where I explore potential new ideas or critique existing ones.

        I am not a professional blogger or a party-political activist or communications specialist.

        I hope this makes more sense. I appreciate the feedback.

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