Totalitarianism: we have become comfortably numb - Part 9

Newspeak, propagandistic language characterised by euphemism, circumlocution, and the inversion of customary meanings. Coined by George Orwell in his novel Nineteen Eighty-four. Newspeak, “designed to diminish the range of thought,” the language of Big Brother’s enforcers. —Britannica (excerpt).

Totalitarianism: we have become comfortably numb - Part 9
A small matter of jurisdiction: a country that doesn't exist brings a case against a country it claims doesn't exist

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'The Eleventh Edition [of the Newspeak Dictionary] is the definitive edition,' he said. 'We're getting the language into its final shape -- the shape it's going to have when nobody speaks anything else. When we've finished with it, people like you will have to learn it all over again. You think, I dare say, that our chief job is inventing new words. But not a bit of it! We're destroying words -- scores of them, hundreds of them, every day. We're cutting the language down to the bone. The Eleventh Edition won't contain a single word that will become obsolete before the year 2050.'

The wholesale dismantling of the meaning of English words, mostly nouns, verbs and adjectives, that we have had to witness since the imposition onto our culture of political correctness has irked me for some time. When I first encountered that racism no longer meant racism, I sat up. The etymology of this "decolonised" racism has since evolved by leaps and bounds, so much so that I was henceforth to understand that all white people are racist! I quote from the Twelfth Edition of the Newspeak Dictionary:

What Racism Is — and What It Isn’t

To learn how racism affects people, it’s essential to know what it is. Racism isn’t just prejudice — having a discriminatory attitude based on incorrect assumptions about different races. Racism also involves power — the ability to dictate and control outcomes. It comes from privileged groups and institutions that uphold their own social, political and economic advantages while actively harming people of color and limiting their access to opportunities. When a privileged group of people exercises power over another group based on skin color and perceived differences between races, that’s racism.

Particularly in the Western world, white people hold this privilege and power, and institutions systematically favor whiteness. When someone makes negative assumptions about white people and treats them differently based on their whiteness, though, it’s an example of racial prejudice; it is not racism. This is because there’s an underlying power structure in the United States that perpetuates the privileges of whiteness on a widespread, systemic level. “Expressions of racial prejudice directed at white people…do not have the power or authority to affect the white person’s social/economic/political location and privileges,” according to the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre — but white people’s expressions of racial prejudice do have the power to affect other races’ privileges. Power is a defining element of racism, and without it, an individual or group cannot be racist.

And just like that, Louis Farrakhan is not a racist, Robert Mugabe was not a racist, Poqo was not racist and Black Lives Matter is not racist. However, William Wilberforce was a racist, Olive Schreiner was a racist, John Abner is a racist and the charity Christian Solidarity is racist. The past is no longer there. This is how totalitarianism begins.