The Rhetoric of the Right: Language Change and the Spread of the Market

The Rhetoric of the Right: Language Change and the Spread of the Market

by David George

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ISBN-13: 9781138791497
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/08/2014
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

David George is Professor of Economics at La Salle University, USA.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Markets over Governments 3. Competition over Cooperation and Monopoly 4. Consumers over Citizens 5. Management over Labor 6. Growth over Progress, Justice, and Equality 7. Conclusion

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This is a very timely book to be released to the world. Just in time for the Nov. Presidential Elections. Language is culture and culture is language." the late anthropologist Edward T. Hall once said. The terms such as "job creators" or "job destroyers", coined via focus groups, Karl Rove and Frank Lutz and repeated ad nauseam by the mainstream media, shape people's world view so much so that they vote against their own self-interest. Dave George's analysis of the New York Times database looks at phrases and unique words such as "capitalism", capitalistic system" versus "our economy, or the "free-enterprise system." The evolution and switch to these things to avoid negative connotations, except if it is smearing a political candidate or party is made quite clear in the book. "Burdensome taxes" or "burdensome regulations" are two other terms bandied about by so called conservative pundits to attack "big government". George Orwell was right about "The Politics of the English Language", in essay he once wrote, but the subtlety at which these "spin doctors" manipulate the masses through the mass media, goes far beyond the imagination of Orwell, but we should head his warning and that of David George. The public should read this book and take the ideas to deconstruct and decipher the rhetoric of the right and make better voting decisions. The ideas in this book aid in the critical thinking skills all of us must have to avoid being duped like members of the Tea Party are by the mainstream media.