The ruling class use language to manipulate, not to communicate

The ruling class use language to manipulate, not to communicate. By Bruce Charlton.

When you hear a politician speak, read a press release or a media headline, you are not dealing with an attempt to communicate the truth about reality; you are dealing with language as calculated manipulation …

Manipulation is language intended to shape attitudes, thought-processes and actions …

This is why the Establishment are liars. They are not even trying to communicate information — let alone accurate information. They are always trying to affect our behaviour. Their purpose is to get us to do what They want. All ‘communication’ is just a means to that end.

Real conversation treats ‘the other’ as a person with agency; however manipulation regards ‘the other’ as an object to be controlled.

They will of course mislead and lie to whatever extent they judge to be helpful to the goal of shaping us. Untruthfulness ranges from subtle distortions, through selection and exaggeration, all the way up to complete fabrication. …

They do not regard themselves as purposive and habitual ‘liars’, because They are not even trying to tell the truth. They are using ‘communications’ in order to manipulate other in ways They deem to be desirable — and truth simply doesn’t come into it. …

This is also why one can neither debate nor even discuss things with anyone representing or serving the Establishment.

While you or I might be attempting to communicate information to Them, They are trying to change us. There is a total asymmetry of intent. Which is why it is futile to engage with linguistic emanations from government, bureaucracy and the media. It is a category error. It is treating manipulations as if they were communications; it is treating intentional dishonesty as if it was an attempt at honesty.

Yep, that about sums it up.

They warned us a couple of decades ago, when they went all postmodern and announced they were dispensing with the notion of objective truth. For them, it’s all about power and control.

Those of us still concerned with truth are constantly dismayed at their fantasies and lies, and their sheer unwillingness to debate honestly.