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Series | Donald Trump, The Carnage Continues: Humiliation of the Word

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  • As Trump rails against “fake news” while presenting “alternative facts,” blatant lies, and trenchant denials, all opposition becomes the enemy, and all who oppose are branded liars. Language has become trivialized and ideas relevatized; rational dialogue is all but impossible.
  • To deliberately diminish the power of language, as the Trump team does with lies, is to cut into the heart of what it means to be a human being.

Jeff Dietrich, LA Catholic Worker Agitator

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Donald%20Trump%20Caricature.jpg April, 2017 | The late social critic, philosopher, and theologian Jacques Ellul, in his book The Humiliation of the Word, tells us that the word is the essential reality, the word is what separates humans from the animal world. Another of my favorite social critics is the eminent linguist Noam Chomsky, who, unlike Ellul the Christian believer, is an atheist. Both Chomsky the atheist and Ellul the Christian have a profound faith in the word. Both believe that language is what makes us human.

Chomsky believes that there was no extensive evolutionary develop ment of language; it surprisingly did not evolve from our ancestral ape relatives’ use of simple sign language. “The reality,” he says, “is becoming increasingly clear that the uniquely modern (human) sensibilitywas almost certainly crucially abetted by the invention of what is the single most remarkable thing about our modern selves: language” (What Kind of Creatures Are We?).

Jeff Dietrich is an editor of the LA CAtholic Worker Agitator

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