Friday, August 18, 2006

The Language of the Left

Via RightWingNation (see blogroll at left) comes this link to A Lefty Lexicon, an entertaining (yet sad, because it's true) dictionary of what what lefties really mean when they use certain words. It took me 4 page-clicks to get past the article and to the dictionary but it's well worth it. Here are some sample words and their leftie meanings that RWN used as exemplars, so I'll use the same ones:

Child-centred - education: "we can't be bothered to teach them… perhaps they'll do it themselves".

Critique - media, academia: same as 'rebuttal'. When a Lefty alleges that someone's writing is 'riddled with factual inaccuracies' then mysteriously fails to identify any.

Disproportionate - foreign affairs: Describes any act by USA or Israel.

Diversity – creating a workforce based on how people look rather than on their skills or aptitude

Egalitarian - "if I can't have one, then neither can you". Shared misery much better than unevenly scattered joy.

Fascism/Nazism - apparently the 'opposite' of Socialism – despite sharing party members, ideology and – in National Socialism – the name.

Hate-speech - "shut up!".

Inclusive - Means 'drop entry standards until anyone can get in'.

Impartial - media, BBC: the balance achieved by attacking the Opposition for being Conservative and attacking the Government for being insufficiently Lefty.

Intolerance - Intolerance can only committed against certain defined groups of people. These do not include, Americans, the middle class, white manual workers, rural people, business and Christians obviously.

Islamophobic - anyone who objects to having their transport blown up on the way to work.

Legitimate grievances - foreign affairs: why we're all to blame for deranged Islamists murdering people in the developed world.

Multi-cultural – All culture is valid – unless Western in some way. Usually to be 'celebrated' and always found to be 'vibrant'. See 'diversity'.

Palestinians - archetype 'victims' no matter how many teenagers they murder in bars and fast food outlets. Never responsible for anything they do – or done in their name – because of 'root causes' or 'legitimate grievances'.

Progressive - describes ideas generally thought up around 40 years ago – that still don't work.

South Africa - a national showcase for Lefty policies with a one-party state, some of the worst crime levels in the world, tragic AIDS mortality and declining economy.

Unilateral - media, BBC: used to describe any act by the United States in furtherance of its national interest.

Beautiful! But I just have to add one more:

Hate-crime - same as 'normal' crime as far as victims are concerned - but much more distressing for Lefties.


Anonymous said...

Do you believe all of those to be true?

Darren said...


Anonymous said...

Let me add one.

Xenophobia, xenophobic: Believing that immigrants should be expected to obey the law just as citizens are.

Anonymous said...

Great translations!

Progressive - describes ideas generally thought up around 40 years ago – that still don't work.

A small mistake, but progressive ideas are at least a hundred years old as named, and they inherit from... oh, the dawn of mankind. For those of us wading into the culture wars, it's a common mistake for us to see progressivism as a product of the post-WWII baby boom, and assume it's a once-and-done phenomenon, a single wave that will wash over civilization once and then be sorted out. But it is more like waves coming in off the ocean, one after the other, because it is a part of human nature to want what progressivism offers.

Darren said...

Unfortunately it only offers, it cannot deliver.