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    The Boy Who Inflated the Concept of ‘Wolf’

    One of Aesop’s fables is about a shepherd boy who, out of boredom, repeatedly cries “Wolf!” when no wolf is present. As a result, the villagers lose faith in his testimony, and no one listens to his warnings when a real wolf shows up to devour his flock. The story shows why it’s bad to lie and why it’s in our interest to be honest. But lying is not the only manipulation of language that degrades trust. Consider a slightly different story.

    Suppose that instead of one shepherd boy, there are a few dozen. They are tired of the villagers dismissing their complaints about less threatening creatures like stray dogs and coyotes. One of them proposes a plan: they will start using the word “wolf” to refer to all menacing animals. They agree and the new usage catches on. For a while, the villagers are indeed more responsive to their complaints. The plan backfires, however, when a real wolf arrives and cries of “Wolf!” fail to trigger the alarm they once did.

    What the boys in the story do with the word “wolf,” modern intellectuals do with words like “violence.” When ordinary people think of violence, they think of things like bombs exploding, gunfire, and brawls. Most dictionary definitions of “violence” mention physical harm or force. Academics, ignoring common usage, speak of “administrative violence,” “data violence,” “epistemic violence” and other heretofore unknown forms of violence. Philosopher Kristie Dotson defines the last of these as follows: “Epistemic violence in testimony is a refusal, intentional or unintentional, of an audience to communicatively reciprocate a linguistic exchange owing to pernicious ignorance.”
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    The word “gaslighting” has also been abused in this way. The term originated with Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 play, Gas Light, which was later adapted into movies in Britain and the United States, both named Gaslight. The plot centers around a woman who begins to lose her grip on reality because of her husband’s pathological lying. According to Dictionary.com, to “gaslight” someone is: “to cause (a person) to doubt his or her sanity through the use of psychological manipulation.” Gaslighting is characterized by pervasive, blatant lying. The perpetrator might confidently deny that the victim heard him say something that he clearly said moments ago.

    Some intellectuals define “gaslighting” so loosely that it need not involve outright lying; this way, speech they dislike can be called “gaslighting.” Two professors of political science at Seattle University write: “Just as the process of white supremacy does not require those who are complicit to understand the racist nature of their actions, awareness is also not determinative of whether the process of racial gaslighting is taking place.” Examples of racial gaslighting, according to them, include dominant groups “tone policing” minorities who have every right to be angry about their oppression and—apparently—expressing any conservative opinion about race.
    Definitions are violent racist gaslighting! As are facts.
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    I was surprised the lead example wasn't 'Racism.'
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    Quote Originally Posted by SVPete View Post
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    Definitions are violent racist gaslighting! As are facts.
    It's the way LGBT activists used the word "marriage". "Marriage" for the activists meant two guys sharing junk and sharing apartment space. Therefore, if you thought guys sharing their junk was evil, you were "against marriage."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    It's the way LGBT activists used the word "marriage". "Marriage" for the activists meant two guys sharing junk and sharing apartment space. Therefore, if you thought guys sharing their junk was evil, you were "against marriage."
    Mercy, El ...

    Stop confusing the LGBT folks with facts you know they neither listen to, nor would believe, even if if they did!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABC View Post
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    Stop confusing the LGBT folks with facts you know they neither listen to, nor would believe, even if if they did!
    Facts say that they can't have biological children together. So they use women as "Easy Bake Ovens" to produce children so they can pretend to play house. Meanwhile, egg donors can suffer long term health problems and sterility; surrogates are often poor brown women (from India) who are getting paid very little.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DumbAss Tanker View Post
    I was surprised the lead example wasn't 'Racism.'
    So many examples, so little column space. "White supremacy" seems to be the favored inflatable of the moment. If whites do better on school entry exams than ______ because they study more it's "white supremacy" because whites supposedly have more opportunities to study (I wish this were hypothetical, but it is not).
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