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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - Essay: The Neoliberal Novelanguage (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]
Sun, 29 Oct 2017 10:51:33 +0200
" The political speech is meant to give the lie the accent of the truth. " The book
Orwell's 1984 has lost none of his sharpness as seen flourish in political professionals
language and a new vocabulary, enabling them to spend a little to its opposite. But, good
news, Alain Bihr provides tools to analyze how political power manipulates language and
words in ways that prevent us from developing subversive thinking. If we only think in
words, the master of words is master of thought ... ---- For example, in the book, we see
how the socialized part of the wage becomes a " social charge ", thus making it appear
as an additional cost without any link with the salary. The " freedom ," she supplies
no thought of emancipation in mainstream political discourse, but serves instead to make
an apology for submission to capital and the state. The book is in the form of an index,
each entry of which analyzes one of the main concepts whose meaning has either been
reversed (it indicates the opposite of its original meaning) or obliterated (its
emancipatory use has been made impossible).
A university book based on a Marxian analysis grid, it may sometimes seem difficult to
access for those who are not initiated into the criticism of Marx's political economy,
whether through the university or the university. a militant structure.
But if the rigor and depth of the analysis do not rebuff, even if you accept not to
understand everything immediately (it is possible that a concept not explained in one
entry is in another), we will find in each entry of this book of what to thwart the
language of capital and states.
This work can be useful for the unionist to explain a law, beyond the terms used by the
power to promote it, and allows him to encourage, within his union, the re-appropriation
of a subversive vocabulary that has disappeared totally dominant political discourses and,
unfortunately, sometimes also militant circles, polluted against their sandstone by the "
neoliberal newspeak ".
More than just a critical dictionary, this book contains rigorous sociological analyzes
that help to explain the history of the crises of capitalism (" Crises "), as well as
their link with the indebtedness of the states (" Public debt ") and the ecological
crisis (" Green Capitalism ") while returning to strong concepts of political
liberalism (" Freedom ", " Equality ", " Flexibility ", " Civil Society "
...) as well as media buzz-concepts serving the soup to the right and far right ("
Ending with a " little dictionary of the ideas of neo-liberalism ", the book also
allows us to learn with humor about the use of newspeak by learning to use the meaning and
tone of the language of power to better deride it. .
In short, a very stimulating book that can be consulted as a dictionary and that will be
very useful in our unions !
Bernard Gougeon (AL Tarn)
Alain Bihr, The neoliberal Novelanguage, Paris, Syllepse, 2017, 344 pages, 18 €
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