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    Unspeak - Steven Poole

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by Neo, Jun 4, 2008.

    In Iraq, the war is far from over. Since victory in 2003, the coalition forces who liberated the nation have been fighting another war - against terrorists, extremists opposed to freedom.

    All this, of course, is extremely well designed bull****. Crucial words in any argument which, as Poole writes, accomplishes many one-sided rhetorical tasks without actually saying them, and does it in a way which instantly negates any rhetorical opposition, literally unspeaking opposition.

    Coalition? All very diverse and co-operative for an unpopular war lead primarily by America and Britain. "Liberated?" "Terrorists?" "Extremists?" "Freedom?" These words are like bullets of pure ideology shot right into your brain - you absorb them, never question them, and get caught in the ideological trap.

    The term "pro-life" denigrates its opponents as "anti-life," or worse, "pro-death."

    If you oppose the policies of the "Friends of the Earth," does that make you an "enemy of the Earth?!"

    Unspeak is an incredible book that takes you right into the heart of the abuse of language. Funny, incisive, and gripping. And cheap on Amazon!

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