A Little Political Dictionary
Learn what the politicians, CEO's,and mass media types mean when they use the following words:
Anarchist – an enemy of freedom, an insane person who opposes domination, war and exploitation and foolishly thinks people capable of running their own lives.
Apolitical – someone who accepts the status quo, and thus always deemed non-political. Only those opposed to the status quo are political. Example, teaching about working class history in school is a political act, ignoring this history is not.
Austerity – ordinary people forced to pay the gambling debts of the wealthy and powerful.
Authoritarian leader – applies to popular, democratically elected, reformist, left-wing Latin American presidents. But does not apply to repressive, reactionary, narco-terrorist leaders put in place by fraud. These are called democrats.
Banks – government chartered institutions allowing charter holders to make money out of thin air and then charge high amounts for borrowing it.
By-laws – municipal regulations to aid the real estate and construction industries and keep the busy-bodies occupied.
Capitalist - someone made wealthy through free enterprise.
Censorship – where minority viewpoints are suppressed or marginalized in counties the US government doesn't like. When minority viewpoints are suppressed or marginalized and media ownership concentrated in a few corporations in the USA or its friends. this is called freedom of the press.
Christian - 1. someone who abides by the teachings of Jesus, i.e. turns the other cheek, is not judgmental, favours peace, love and poor people. 2. a member of a cult that is vindictive, judgmental, warlike, hateful and glorifies the rich and greedy.
Common sense – popular affirmation of the status quo
Communist 1. describes any country that refuses to subordinate its interests to those of US corporations. 2. any person critical of the status quo.
Conservative 1. an extinct political viewpoint that stood for tradition and suspicion of extremist ideology. 2. now used to describe an extreme political ideology emphasizing the corporate state, smashing of trade unions, the destruction of democracy, and the promotion of militarism, extreme nationalism and misogyny.
Conspiracies – what leftists do. However, when politicians and corporate leaders gather secretly, say to lower your wages or overthrow a foreign government, these are not conspiracies, but examples of good business practices and democracy in action.
Corporate lobbying – vote buying, guaranteeing the best government money can buy.
Corporate state – a state that subsidizes and prioritizes the power and profitability of corporations, blurring the line between government and business.
Corporation – capitalist collectivism, a form of state socialism based on state granted privileges and subsidies to the wealthy and powerful. An example of free enterprise.
Corruption – offering a policeman a hundred dollar bribe is corruption. Spending a hundred million of taxpayers money on corporate welfare for your political backers is not corruption, but politics as usual.
Courts – a tool to keep the lower orders, terrorists, anarchists and communists in line through violence or the threat of it.
Crime - anti-social acts committed by poor people. When done by politicians or business, such acts are examples of free enterprize or are in the national interest and are therefore honourable.
Debt – something you or I have to pay but corporate officers and shareholders do not, thanks to limited liability.
Environmental extremist – anyone who takes destruction of the environment seriously. People who minimize or deny such problems are moderates or realists.
Fascism 1., a meaningless swear word 2. a political ideology emphasizing the corporate state, smashing of trade unions and oppositional parties, the destruction of democracy, the promotion of militarism, extreme nationalism and misogyny.
Fiscal restraint – increasing the war budget and corporate welfare while cutting back on education, health care and social welfare.
Flag of convenience – a legal form of fraud whereby a ship owner in say the USA, registers his ship in Panama, thereby avoiding regulations and unionization.
Free enterprise - the name given to a situation where inherited wealth and government privileges creates a rich capitalist.
Free trade – a market tightly regulated to insure the domination of multinational corporations, the extinction of all other economic forces, and the crippling of sovereignty and democracy.
Freedom – the right to be dictated to and exploited by a small powerful minority, so long as that small powerful minority is not deemed communist. If the latter, see totalitarian regime.
Government debt. - a legal form of fraud where the government creates money, then hands it to private institutions (banks) who then lend it to the government at compound interest. At the same time politicians cut taxes to the rich. Interest payments plus lower tax income equals ever-increasing government debt.
Greed – the motivation behind trade unions and workers who demand raises. Billionaires who want more wealth, however, are merely being altruistic.
Idealist – a naive person who wants to save humanity from war, poverty and environmental destruction. People who promote war, poverty and environmental destruction are, on the other hand, known as realists.
Laws 1. regulations to keep the lower orders in line 2. government granted privileges to the wealthy and powerful 3. a way for a powerful minority to impose its prejudices on the populace by the threat of violence.
Limited liability – a legal form of fraud involving laws that allow corporate shareholders and officers to be not responsible for the debts of a corporation.
Marxist – a meaningless word used to describe everyone from gentle college professors to mass murdering tyrants. A term with about as much content as calling someone an SOB.
National interest – always at stake when workers go on strike, but not so when corporations ship jobs overseas or engage in tax evasion in the Caymans.
Objective – 1. the corporate media is objective. Critical or left wing media are, on the other hand, ideological and one-sided. 2. The person who you disagree with is ideological, you are objective.
Patent – a government granted monopoly privilege, one of the foundations of free enterprise.
Person – 1. a living breathing human being who has intrinsic rights. 2. A legal form of fraud whereby a corporation is deemed a person and thus has the rights of a human being.
Political correctness – at one time an exaggerated fear of racism and sexism sometimes leading to overreaction or false accusations. Today, the term is used by the media to suppress any mention of racism or sexism, whether justified or not.
Political prisoners – Only totalitarian states have political prisoners. People in jail for politically motivated acts in democracies are just common criminals.
Propaganda – what left wing parties disseminate, the mass media and corporatist parties only tell the truth.
Protest demonstration – something only kooks and commies do. The flaws in our free market economy and democratic system are so few you don't need to protest.
Right to vote – the right every four years to choose which of two nearly identical groups will dominate you, i.e., an elective one party dictatorship, but with the one party divided into two, to provide democratic choice, as in “Pepsi or Coke?”
Social democrat – at one time meant a gradualist or reformist socialist. Now, especially in Europe, means the smiley face of the corporate state.
Socialism 1. according to socialists, the act of extending democracy into the economy so the people who do the work can own and control the means of production 2. according contemporary conservatives, where there is state involvement in the economy that helps the ordinary person. For state involvement in the economy that helps the rich, see free enterprise.
Stock market – a casino for the wealthy and powerful.
Tax haven – a form of fraud where a company opens an office in a country with low or nil tax rates. The company is then registered and pretends it operates out of the tax haven, thus evading the taxes in its country of origin.
Terrorist – 1. someone who commits acts of political violence of which the regime does not approve. People who commit acts of political violence of which the regime does approve are patriots, militants or rebels. 2. Since 2001 a meaningless scare term that has replaced “communist”.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission – you kill us, we hound you till the end of time, we kill you, we demand and expect forgiveness.
Totalitarian - any state that the US is hostile to, regardless of political structure.
War – results from a falling out among groups of the wealthy and powerful over how to divide the plunder, but fought by their respective lower classes.
War on Drugs – US government program to make the illegal drug industry as profitable as possible to benefit the money-laundering Wall Street banks and keep the CIA in hidden “black ops” funds. Also a method of keeping much of Latin America destabilized.