Modifiers can change the total meaning of a word. I have written before that adding the adjective “social” to “justice” produces something that has nothing to do with justice. The same happens any time you put any number except two in front of the word “genders”. One of the most recent marxist definitions is “multiracial whiteness”. This is happening all around us. You may think you understand but you need to accept that there is an organized campaign by the Proregressives* to change the culture through language.
Friedrich Hayek commented on this 80 years ago as he was reflecting on how the socialists had taken over Germany and were infiltrating the rest of the world.
“In this particular case the perversion of the meaning of the word has, of course, been well prepared by a long line of German philosophers and, no least, by many of the theoreticians of socialism. But ‘freedom’ or ‘liberty’ are by no means the only words whose meaning has been changed into their opposites to make them serve as instruments of totalitarian propaganda. We have already seen how the same happens to ‘justice’ and ‘law,’ ‘right’ and ‘equality.’ The list could be extended until it includes almost all moral and political terms in general use.”, p. 174Notice the list of words that they focused on. We have our own examples of language perversion.
Have you heard people saying that this is the first generation of American children who will not be able to do better than their parents? At the same time they whine about how there are no jobs available for them after they paid for a college education. Overlooking the fact that they have not paid for it yet you need to understand that most of them have college majors that include the word “studies”. How many good paying jobs are there where you work for people with a BA in Women’s Studies? You can fill in the blanks yourself, *-studies means they went to school to party and have no interest in productive work. They have no prospects because they have degrees in worthless subjects.
Then you have the diluting of the word “science”. I wanted to teach history. They did not have a teaching credential in history any more. Now it is “Social Science”. It is a broad category that has nothing to do with science. It would include economics, government and psychology. These are subjects that are based mainly on guess work and unprovable hypothesis. Among the subjects is something called “political science”. What do you think of when you hear that term?
I think a better title would be “politicized science.” It is a pollution of the real goal of science which is to seek knowledge and question everything. Real science uses the scientific method which suggests an hypothesis and then does careful experiments to find if the idea is true or false. Once that is done they take a baby step, form a new hypothesis and recycle. Politicized science decides what you want to prove for political reasons, finds guys with degrees and white coats and pays them to come up with the results desired.
Hayek, F.A. The Road to Serfdom, Fiftieth Anniversary Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1944, 1994.
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