Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Dan asks: Why do the car companies call all their nagging “safety” technology “assists”?
My reply: Because language determines how we think. Who controls what words mean controls thought. Thus, we have been conditioned to regard “taxation” as something other than theft, though the only difference is that “taxation” is theft made legal.
Similarly, it is easier to peddle controlling people by telling them you are assisting them. Imagine what would happen if, rather than Intelligent Speed Assist, they foisted Intelligent Speed Limiter on us. The answer is obvious – which explains why it is marketed as assist rather than limiter.
I spend a great deal of time parsing words because this will ultimately decide the outcome of the struggle. If we can succeed in exposing what they – the control freaks and busybodies who are “the government” – are up to by deconstructing their euphemisms and rhetorical dodges, we’ll have a chance at recovering our liberty.
Because most people won’t support theft and control when spoken of openly.
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