academics“It is my understanding that this site was recently sold to assist the economic development of a local adjacent business and the land clearance is essential as part of the firm’s progress.”
(Fob-off answer by councillor to the question. Why is a green space being bulldozed and the trees ripped down)

The tyranny of words can be found even in the simplest transaction of the sales assistant. No more do you sell the customer what they wish to buy. Part of the job now is to react to the verbal triggers akin to the telephone sales call. Buying a stamp at the post office can lead to a Q and A session with the counter assistant, as they put you through a series of “product” offers from car insurance to holiday advice.

The way the questions are pitched is dehumanised and machine like and a bit embarrassing to both the counter assistant and the customer – because we know we can’t or shouldn’t ask questions out-with the frame of reference. The predetermined questioning grinds to a halt if this happens. So we have to listen to more as the assistant (whose job it is) struggles embarrassingly to veer the conversation, or rather the pre-set wordplay back on track. In most cases both parties find this experience unpleasant. (But it’s just what you have to do now)

This type of debased language reaches new heights in the political arena (left and right) when the straight faced politician delivers a package of verbiage that will hopefully justify or perhaps hide the underlying meaning of a policy presentation designed to serve the people. It will be wrapped up in flowery metaphor, jingoism and usually empty of any practical or useful interpretation that anyone can understand.

Language is a tool of thought if you debase the language you debase the thought. (Chomsky) Simple ideas and sometimes even complex ones can be expressed in simple language. In pursuit of knowledge, especially on the left when we seek this kind of clarity, when wading through texts full of unhelpful complexity and obscurantism’s and other such polysyllabic encrusted discourse.
There is not much in day to day life that can’t be explained in simple language, if truth is what we seek. Especially when the dominant modes of control are bent on obfuscation [concealment of intended meaning]