"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Leave Our Language Alone

POPULIST noun 1 a person who believes in the right and ability of the common people to play a major part in government. 2 a person who studies, supports or attracts the support of the common people. adj said of a political cause, programme, etc: appealing to the majority of the people.
I'm just getting something else off my chest that's been niggling me for a while. Since when has the word 'populist' had negative connotations? I'm sick of hearing politicians decrying something as populist, as if it's a bad thing.  (See Barroso: "populist & extremist" ).

We're being censored, not only literally but metaphorically too, by the governing elite's misappropriation of words and the perversion of meanings for their own ends.  Listen to the tv or radio news and see how many times something is negatively described as being populist.  They take our words and distort them until we can no longer say what we think for fear that we'll say the 'wrong' word and offend someone unintentionally.

Repeat after me: "Populist is good".  As for politicians who use this tactic, I suggest they

"How strangely will the tools of a tyrant pervert the plain meaning of words."
Samuel Adams


  1. I've had the same thought for some time now. That politicians do something the great unwashed actually approve of is dismissed as "populist" as if it were a bad thing? Give me more populist policies - give me only populist policies - isn't that democracy?

  2. They seem to do it quite a bit, Mr W but it's getting worse.

    That's true, McG, and the more they give it a negative connotation the more it will become accepted. Time to kick back!

    Oh, wait a minute, didn't Mandelson say we were now living in the post-democratic age? That's probably why it's got nothing to do with democracy :-)

  3. Too right. This is a common tactic of leftists who are hell-bent on tyranny (the quote is absolutely perfect).

    Here in America, the word "patriot" is now a negative. In fact, the government (DHS) has issued warnings to police that anyone who calls themselves a "patriot" is a potential terrorist. I kid you not.

    And of course, we don't have terror attacks, we have "man-made disasters." We don't go to war, we go on UN-requested kinetic military actions (KMA is right, kiss my ass). The list goes on and on.

  4. You're right Fuzzy - being patriotic is frowned on here as well. Local councils have lots of petty regulations and you're supposed to ask permission to do just about anything - (eg street parties for the upcoming Royal wedding, putting out bunting - it must be over a certain height). It's being made as difficult as possible just to get out and and enjoy a spontaneous life. There's talk of an extra Bank Holiday here - St George's Day was suggested but dismissed as being too nationalistic. As you say, the list goes on and on and on ... One thing's for sure - it won't last.


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