In a recent post I castigated Zachriel for his support of the practice of chopping little boys and girls into pieces and selling the pieces like meat in the marketplace. In response Popperian weighs in with this:
The problem, which Barry seem to have difficulty grasping, is that all words are ultimately undefined. As such it’s not possible to make a pure moral statement outside of a particular moral problem to solve. All we can hope to achieve is to define words well enough so that we can all understand their usage in the context of a specific problem. Yet, Barry is demanding that Zachriel somehow do otherwise as if it were possible, in practice. It’s unclear how this is a reasonable or even rational request.
Seversky adds in a different post:
Words can mean whatever we want them to mean . . .
There you have it dear readers. Words have no meaning, or conversely, they mean anything we want. George Orwell had the number of such as Popperian and Seversky in 1984. The rulers of the hyper-totalitarian government at the center of that book understood that mutilating language is a useful tool if one intends to mutilate people. Do you remember the government’s three slogans?
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
“Hear! Hear!” say Popperian and Seversky. Words have no meaning and we can pour any concept we like into any phrase. Why can’t “peace” mean “war”? No reason. No reason at all.
Orwell was doubtless influenced by earlier versions of the linguistic nihilism Popperian and Seversky are pushing. After all, when 1984 was published (1949) the camps over whose gates the famous phrase “Arbeit macht frei” was emblazoned had been closed for only four years.
With their comments Popperian and Seversky reveal their latent fascism. They say there are no binding moral principles, and even if there were there are no meaningful words with which to express such principles. But with no binding moral principles and the language to express those principles, justice itself is impossible, because justice rests on the twin pillars of language and logic. If there is no justice, there is only power. The strong prevail; the weak succumb. And the unborn are the weakest of all. Popperian and Seversky are in favor of continuing the utterly depraved and barbaric practices going on this very day at Planned Parenthood.
I attempt to call them to account for the boundless evil they advocate by asking: “Shall we chop little boys and girls into pieces?” And they respond with “What do you mean by “boy” and “girl” and “chop” and “pieces”? Those words have no meaning.”
Popperian and Seversky are liars, and their lies are dangerous, as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn knew all too well when he wrote:
Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.