The following essay appeared last month at the German site Junge Freiheit. Many thanks to JLH for the translation:
The Leninism in Our Language
February 24, 2015
Even though the immigration-critical PEGIDA has recently been weakened, this much is still clear: The cracks in the wall of the leftist opinion cartel are becoming larger. If you should ask why this has taken so long, part of the answer must be the daily manipulation of language. In The Black Book of Communism, Stephane Courtois opines that an “essential characteristic of Leninism” is “the manipulation of language, the decoupling of words from reality.” It is no different today, even if Leninism is history here. The manipulation occurs primarily through the awakening of unconscious associations that lead down false trails.
The most important pillar in support of the present system of linguistic manipulation is the leftist manipulation of the concept “politically rightist.” By establishment of the permanent suggestion that “rightist” is a synonym for “right extremist,” or at least as a synonym for xenophobia, 50% of those people who have an opinion are defamed. While in other countries it is accepted that a democratic right is just as legitimate as a democratic left, here in Germany only half a democracy is maintained — left and middle are allowed, but right is forbidden.
Thought Streams Direct Toward Reputable or Disreputable
“Thinking Afresh from the Left,” is the title of a book by SPD party chief Sigmar Gabriel. It would be unthinkable for Angela Merkel to publish a book titled “Thinking Afresh from the Right.” And so, it is all too easy for someone who insists on sovereignty and identity, defends the mother-father family or has problems with multicultural social romanticism to be seen as suspicious. The concept “right” triggers false associations of the “far right.” This sends most citizens into a state of shock, so that they don’t even dare to ask the right questions.
In fact, in other areas there is a plethora of concepts in political speech which direct thoughts and declare from the outset which opinions are “respectable” and which are not. And it is always the leftist opinion that is respectable. For instance, with climate change. For years, people who dared to doubt the theory of man-made climate change were stigmatized as “climate deniers.” Of course, there are good arguments for these doubts, but the phrase “climate denier” inspires subconscious associations with “Holocaust denier” so that citizens just don’t want to think about that.
“Energy Turnaround” — A Red-Green Propaganda Concept
Also worthy of note is that execrable propaganda phrase “energy turnaround” [Enegiewende] whose propaganda significance is no longer even noticed, because we are used to it. The phrase is used to place the mad project of decommissioning all atomic energy facilities on the same pedestal as the peaceful revolution in the GDR. Anyone who is against the “Energiewende” is, ipso facto, a communist. After that, who would want to express doubts about this political, energy experiment?
The history of ideas by Paul Hockenos in the Zeit is also significant, where we learn that the “Wende” concept was taken up in the course of the 1980s “by the Greens, various grass-roots movements and alternative press like taz.“ It took on additional significance in 2002, when the environmental ministry of the Red-Green federal government held a symposium of experts, with the title “Energy Turnaround — Getting Out of Atomic Energy and Protecting the Environment.” This propaganda idea was later taken over by Angela Merkel. The Black-Yellow parties [CDU/CSU and FDP — Free Democrats] accommodated themselves to this leftist opinion complex — not only to the content, but to the smallest linguistic details And so begins the intellectual capitulation.
A Liar Language for a Leftist Liar Republic
Currently, the phrase “Putin whisperer” [Putin-versteher] is extremely popular. This phrase is intended to evoke subconscious associations with the phrase “lady whisperer.” [Frauensversteher] The sub-conscious message: Anyone who is not seeing the Ukraine crisis through tunnel-vision Western glasses is an unmanly, feeble wimp. But an uncritical view of Putin is just as false as the Western view. The manipulative phrase, “Putin-whisperer” can cut not only against willfully blind Putin disciples, but also against those who have distanced themselves, in order to achieve a sober understanding of the Russian perspective.
Recently, this phrase has a linguistic echo — “PEGIDA whisperer”. In this case, too, the combative phrase is used to hinder decidedly non-left, e.g., rightist ways of thinking. The rubric, “whisperer” is only used for those groups of people who do not fit into the politically correct opinion cartel — for Putin, PEGIDA or AfD. It is no coincidence that we never hear of “Occupy whisperers,” “Gysi whisperers”  or “Antifa whisperers.”
We have not only a “liar press” , but a liar’s language. When even CDU and FDP politicians speak of “fellow citizens” instead of just “citizens,” it is a clear sign that we are living in a leftist liar’s republic.
|1.||Translator’s note: But not for the reason implied by the author!|
|2.||See the comment by Elisabeth on GoV’s FINDING PEGIDA: ”Die Wende” refers to what went on in Dresden and all of the GDR in 1989, i.e. the turning towards democracy.|
|3.||Gregor Gysi — attorney and membr of the political party The Left.|
|4.||Said frequently, especially at PEGIDA Dresden.