“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Rhetorical Blunders

Pay attention, Euro-Thatcherites of Germany:

Your propaganda has clearly been sinking in to the ordinary folks on the street.

You really, really, really don'r want your rhetoric to be saying “We poor northern victims of these cancerous ['cancerous' an actual phrase used] nation on the doorstep of the Middle East, corrupted by semitic religion [aka the Ottoman empire] and Catholicism [that too sensual southern religion], bleeding us of all our precious money!"

Otherwise this kind of thing starts to happen.


Anonymous said...

And here we have the kind of rhetoric that assumes Yanks, Brits and Germans need any prompting from the power-pandering media they mostly despise to hate those who live a safe hating distance away. I'm angry for Greece too; I just am too familiar with people and their history to think very highly of their political understanding.

Anonymous said...

What does not seem to matter to the entire world is that Greece is the first outbreak of the neoliberal slave state since Thatcher was canned. Even if, arguendo, one is indifferent to the fate of Greece, one will find the same conditions at one's own doorstep in a few short years with the passage of alphabet soup free trade treaties NAFFTA, TPP, TTP, etc., similar to the EU.