Empire Under Obama-Part 1: Political Language & the ‘Mafia Principles’ of International Relations

“If we adopt the language of deception to describe that which we are given no accurate words to describe, we run a fool’s errand.” In the first part of this essay series on ‘Empire Under Obama,’ I will aim to establish some fundamental premises of modern imperialism, or what is often referred to as ‘international […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 69

The Language of Deception Since the Boston bombings, society was promised more “security”… do you feel more secure? Since austerity and ‘structural reforms,’ people were promised economic growth and prosperity. Do you feel that you are in an economic ‘recovery’? Political language holds important meaning and purpose, in that it allows elite groups to communicate […]

“A Lot of People Believe This Stuff”: Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and the Politics of Public Relations

“Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” – George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language,” 1946 “It’s important, because a lot of people believe this stuff.”  – Bill Clinton, speaking at the Democratic National Convention, 5 September 2012 In case […]

Austerity, Adjustment, and Social Genocide

Political Language & the European Debt Crisis   Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.– George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language,” 1946 Political language functions through euphemism, by employing soft-sounding or simply meaningless words to describe otherwise monstrous and […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 28

Political Language & the Debt Crisis George Orwell wrote that political language is meant to give “solidity to pure wind.” Are politicians and economists simply liars? Or do they speak a different language? Using the example of the European debt crisis, we are able to actually translate political language into the understandable. First, you examine […]