Edward S. Herman
Z Magazine, forthcomingDecember 2006
[the edition here is slightly larger and has endnotes]
In this age of a global rogue state’s serial aggressions and terrorism, language is as essential a tool of the state’s managers as guns, tanks, missiles and bombs. Orwellian language has always been widely used by governments, but in this post-Soviet era with Soviet containment ended, with an openly acknowledged “projection of power” and a familiar ruthlessness working side-by-side with an alleged “promotion of democracy,” linguistic advances in putting state violence in a good light have been needed and supplied. The set below contains a few holdovers from my earlier Doublespeak Dictionary in Beyond Hypocrisy (South End Press: 1992). These are marked by an asterisk. Cross references are indicated by a q.v. (quod vide=which see).