Controlling Thought

The good doctor expounds on the increasingly deliberate and fraudulent misuse of words as exercises in power in his latest Law & Liberty essay.

Changes in usage and semantics, when imposed, are usually exercises in power. These days, pressure for their adoption, like censorship, comes not from government but from pressure groups, small but well-organised and determined. Resistance in small things to monomania not being worth the effort among the better balance, the changes first go by default and then become habitual.

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