Slogan Wars

Political discourse is really bad. Catastrophically bad on all points. The first point of its appalling uselessness can be seen in the usage of statements divorced from context rendering them meaningless and utterly useless for significant discussion. Terms such as liberty, equality, capitalism, communism, freedom, the list goes on.

Liberty for example is often bandied around without specifying what this liberty is from, what it is of, what it is for etc. No context, because to do so would require actual thought when in fact political discourse is a battle of slogans. It is a result of the political adage that voters can only process slogans that fit on a placard.

Unfortunately though, you have to go a long way to find anyone who will, or can, discuss such concepts from the very start, at which point these concepts disappear as meaningful pieces of language for analysis. So from a purely political analysis direction, any usage of such terms should really come with a vast array of qualifiers, context and explanation.

So, for example, communism is pretty meaningless from an analysis position, but it obviously has rhetorical value because the self labeled liberal world has been painting it as an evil threat to liberty. However, from a clear analysis of the general current of thought behind communism in the form of the likes of Marx and Lenin we see a clear line from all of the thought that liberals agree is their heritage (Smith for example) to Marx, who does not really alter course at all, he just tweaks it.  Something Moldbug was getting at with AIACC. Our political language is so deformed however, that we cannot really see this.

Capitalism is the same. No one can explain it as a thing, and when they do try they put forward a conception that no one agrees on at all. So some will declare it to be free trade which does not threaten nations states as it is subservient to laws and norms of the state, whilst others will declare unfettered free trade is capitalism which begs the question of the sovereignty of the state, at which point it is usually claimed capitalism is akin to a natural force, and the state does not have control over natural forces…this is all very slippery. But capitalism being part and parcel of the coldwar/ communist rhetoric gives brownie points on the right in the slogan wars.

So obviously the right should be pro-capitalist, anti-communist, pro-liberty, pro-freedom, and anti-equality.

What a joke.