“Today’s words like ‘Progress’ and ‘Development’ have become interchangeable with economic ‘Reforms’, Deregulation and Privatization. ‘Freedom’ has come to mean ‘choice’. It has less to do with the human spirit than with different brands of deodorant. ‘Market’ no longer means a place where you go to buy provisions. The ‘Market’ is a de-territorialized space where faceless corporations do business, including buying and selling ‘futures’. ‘Justice’ has come to mean ‘human rights’ (and of those, as they say, ‘a few will do’). This theft of language, this technique of usurping words and deploying them like weapons, of using them to mask intent and to mean exactly the opposite of what they have traditionally meant, has been one of the most brilliant strategic victories of the Tsars of the new dispensation. It has allowed them to marginalize their detractors, deprive them of a language in which to voice their critique and dismiss them as being ‘anti-progress’, ‘anti-development’, ‘anti-reform’ and of course ‘anti-national’ – negativists of the worst sort. Talk about saving a river or protecting a forest and they say, ‘Don’t you believe in Progress?’ To people whose land is being submerged by dam reservoirs and whose homes are being bulldozed they say, ‘do you have an alternative development model?’ to those who believe that a government is duty bound to provide people with basic education, healthcare and social security, they say, ‘You’re against the Market.’ And who except a cretin could be against the Market? To reclaim those stolen words requires explanations that are too tedious for a world with a short attention span, and too expensive in an era where Free Speech has become unaffordable for the poor. This language heist may prove to be the keystone of our undoing. ”—Arundhati Roy, Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy.
That Moment When You Realize:
Democrats want a Democracy, a system wherein if there’s enough popular support, any and all rights can be removed or restricted because “The Majority Rules”.
Republicans want a Republic, a system wherein even if the Majority clamors for it, certain rights can never be violated because they are protected from the Majority by Law.
The sooner you learn this, the better off you are.