October 23, 2008

Goldstein on "Socialist" as Yet Another Code-Word for "Black."

I don't understand this. If we (Classical liberals / libertarians / conservatives / Republicans) were as racist as the lefties claim we are, couldn't we just use "black" as a code word for "black"? It would save everyone a lot of trouble: less time and effort encoding everything we say and write, and less time decoding on their end. We'd save a lot of time for arguing about . . . the electoral college or something.


Again and again I’ve highlighted the end game for speech codes, and for the slippery slope that is inherent in the post-structuralist movement to un-tether language from intent.

Here, it is now being alleged that socialism is being used as a code word that signals a distrust of blacks. To believe this, however, we must willingly bracket from history all of the whites who have also been accused of communist or socialist / radicalist / Maoist sympathies (including, quite recently, Ayers, Dohrne, and several white members of the New Party, among whom one counts the inarguably pasty faces of Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, and Barbara Ehrlenreich).

Such attacks serve no other purpose than to put the accused on the defensive — and so in a very real way speak to a supreme irony evidently lost on “intellectuals” like Mr Diuguid: they have become the new McCarthyites, even as they pretend to be fighting against a kind of neo-McCarthyism of their own creation.

Up is down. Black is White. Josie is the Pussycats.

When I use a word, it means just what the leftist kooks around me choose it to mean—neither more nor less.

But my quarrel with Jeff is that I now have the theme song for Josie and the Pussycats going through my head—and I fear that it might stay there for a good, long time.

There's nothing for it, then: I must spread the earbug around; everyone's better off that way:

At least, that's what I've been told.

Posted by Attila Girl at October 23, 2008 01:45 AM | TrackBack

Take it from someone who was a cryptographer in the military, the lefties don’t have a clue about code words so they just make them up to fit their agenda. It’s pathetic, at best.

Posted by: Don at October 23, 2008 06:18 AM

But we will have our revenge:

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Posted by: Charlie (Colorado) at October 23, 2008 07:59 AM

Yeah, seriously. Wouldn't an actual racist just say, "hey, don't vote for that guy, he's black"?

Posted by: S. Weasel at October 23, 2008 08:39 AM

The problem with racism is that it is illegal, and therefore the racist like the drug dealers goes underground. Then you have to do sting operations to catch them. I usually have a sixth sense about racist people, call it a survival mechanism. But I can spot them by reading their work or just across the hall. So to answer your question a racist would not say "don't vote for that guy he is black" He will hide instead under words like socialism or other appeal to popular attitudes, if socialism was not a derogatory word he would have to find another one maybe communism or fascism.
I used to like living in a world where racist people were allowed to freely express themselves, but this political correctness has shut them up. I would so much appreciate the truth if Attila were to come out and just admit that she runs a racist blog, or if Darrell et al. would admit that they are intolerant of other religions. What a wonderful world it would be.

Posted by: Azmat Hussain at October 23, 2008 11:38 AM

Is Azmatism a religion now? I do admit I am an anti-Azmatite, but I have a good basis in fact for that position.

I am very tolerant of Obamanism. The tithe is just too high for me personally.

And only the British consider Pakistanis to be black. You'll have to suffer being white like most people at MSNBC have to do.

Code words like Progressive, Liberal, urbane, Democrat, et. al., should never be tolerated in a free society.

Socialism: A progressive political system that takes the power away from wealth creators and gives it to wealth distributors. Wealth distributors are typically a class of highly trained government bureaucrats who are being watched by a class of political commissars, who, in turn, are being watched by a class of secret police, all of whom are banded together by shared progressive morals. Because progressive morals are relative by definition, a certain measure of absolute propaganda is necessary to encourage collectivism and discourage counter revolution. Since such propaganda is delivered through mass media, arts, and schools, a degree of ideological monopoly, uniformity, and censorship is also required in those fields. The resulting mass enthusiasm creates a vibrant state-subsidized culture, leading to great economic successes and technological breakthroughs, e.g., North Korea.

Posted by: Darrell at October 23, 2008 01:17 PM

Az: Racism isn't illegal.

Furthermore, I was a socialist for decades, and a communist for years. I didn't notice ANY additional pigment in my skin during that time. I didn't even tan any better than I do as a supporter of capitalism.

And, yes: I'm afraid that I recognize the old Encyclopedia Brittanica definition of race, wherein there are only three: Asian, Negro, Caucasian.

Remember: if groups are racial just on the basis of skin color--without regard to skin color--my full brother and I are different races, since he has that Native American coloration in his skin (also, full lips and fuzzy hair: I do suspect we have some African in our ancestry, on the Virginia side).

As it turns out, I look a lot more like my half-sister (who is part Arab) than I do my full-brother. And she is blonder than I am (she got even more of those genes from my grandfather's side--and her hair is curlier as well, from the same grandfather, or maybe the suspected African contribution--the brother's hair is frizzy).

Basically, I acknowledge three "races," as I do three primary colors. But people show up in even more infinite variation than ink colors do on paper, and it's a glorious thing.

One of my nephews in California inherited my brother's "built-in tan." The other, of course, ended up all white and boring, like me.

My nephews on the Syrian-Irish side are too young to be sure what they'll end up looking like, but I'm looking forward to finding out!

Posted by: Attila Girl at October 23, 2008 02:57 PM

People may resort to playing their “racist” or “racial” card when they fear that the deck may be stacked against them. That’s just sad.

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