A modern political dictionary

From MD in the comments to the previous post:

There are some new expressions we will see used frequently this year and we need to understand them:

fake news = news from non-leftist sources that give voice to the silent majority;

populism = a majority of the population rejecting the self-indulgent agenda the Left want to impose on everyone, by force if necessary;

there need to be checks and balances when the people get it wrong = we, the Left, will use the courts, international ‘law’, and the regulation-making power of the executive to force our agenda on an unwilling populace;

Australians are horrified at Trump’s victory (they actually said this on their ABC) = leftists are horrified that people are pushing back against their agenda;

Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world (an oldie that makes regular appearances) = the Left don’t just want to vandalise our society; they want to rub our faces in it while they do it;

far-right party = a centrist party that promotes non-leftist mainstream policies;

Australia is a tolerant society = we are too afraid to express our views because of the threat of persecution by government agencies. Second, the leftist media not only will not give voice to the concerns of the community and will even go to the extreme of attempting to fabricate an alternative reality. Third, we have been cowed by government. We know we have no power and no rights so we just let them walk all over us;

This is an example of how democracy can fail = the people voted and we, the Left, did not like the result.

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85 Responses to A modern political dictionary

  1. Cradock's Choice

    Excellent. +1 and all that.

    Should be sticky to stay here for a while.

  2. Tom

    If the leftist ruling class had just an ounce of introspection or self-awareness, it would not be destroying itself before our eyes.

    Kudos to MD. I’m jealous of your clear thinking and articulation.

  3. egg_

    Add: the Common Wealth (OPM) is theirs to dispose of as they see fit.
    There used to be a pretence to ‘noble acts’*, but that seems to have gone by the wayside.

    *A Cromwellian term?

  4. Mike of Marion

    Agreed – very well presented points.

  5. New Chum

    Australia is a wealthy country = but the politicians we elect are doing their best to make us a poor country.

  6. Mother Lode

    This is an example of how democracy can fail = the people voted and we, the Left, did not like the result.

    This is analogous to what they call ‘market failure’

  7. egg_

    ‘market failure’

    Not that the Hillbot was a lemon.

  8. Muddy

    I’ve posited previously, in all seriousness, that we need a Catallaxy Dictionary. Some posters here have brilliant words or phrases that are concise, witty, and revealing, and we are missing an opportunity to gather them together and introduce them into everyday use. The Catictionary could have a permanent place in the sidebar (or whatever it’s called), or be reposted every few months for new additions.
    The fightback begins with regaining control of our language.

    Any seconders? Can we get this thing rolling?

  9. H B Bear

    Australia has low debt by international standards = we are not as broke as Eurabia

  10. Andrew

    subsidy: Something not being taxed as heavily as we feel it should*

    *a tax deduction or holiday, depreciation allowance, gifted infrastructure, concessional loan or cash grant is not a “subsidy” if the recipient’s name includes the words “green, clean, renewable, R&D or Institute.”

  11. H B Bear

    fair = they have more than me

  12. Andrew

    Australia has low debt by international standards = we are not as broke as Eurabia

    If you ignore the private sector, State govt and local govt then the remaining 10% of Australia’s debt is low by international standards.

  13. Muddy

    For example:
    Grammargasm (Chris), Insulterati (Viva), Interchangeable filthcog and spitcoin (John Constantine), Flannery (a unit to measure rain: Bill Thompson), etc.

  14. Andrew

    demagogue = politician that tells the non-Left population what they want to hear*

    *see also Hitler and
    leadership = telling the Left what they want to hear

  15. Nato

    Might I suggest that neither the right nor the left are as decent as you suggest. Populism is not an exclusively left word. Unless you want to include the likes of Rowan Dean in there. More accurate to say ‘when democracy favours the other team”

    ;far-right party = any centrist party that promotes smaller goverment policies than the Centre Unity Faction.

    You missed ‘Alt-Right’

  16. incoherent rambler

    populism = democracy

  17. egg_

    This is an example of how democracy can fail = our nag lost the race

  18. stackja

    “He gazed up at the enormous face.
    Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache.
    O cruel, needless misunderstanding!
    O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast!
    Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose.
    But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished.
    He had won the victory over himself.
    He loved Big Brother”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

  19. Roger

    populism = democracy

    Good and hard.

  20. Cannibal

    “We live in a post-ideological world” = if you express any type of idea that does not conform with leftist thought, you must be expressing some (horror) ideology, and therefore shut up.

  21. Cannibal

    Australia has low debt by international standards = we are not as broke as Eurabia

    the slapper said something like “we aren’t Greece” during the election campaign.
    I, and many others thought she said “we aren’t Greece yet”.

  22. Dr Fred Lenin

    Cats mjust read latest James Delingpole on breibart ,very instructive on how to destroy the globalist fascist left liars .I see hollande the loser unleshing his hatred of the Real Democrat Marine le Pen and the racist, anti globalists who are going to vote ah]gainst the left .Typical leftist lies . The right must unite and as one attack every aspect of this plague traitors like malcolm ruddbull and the other joolya shoukd be eliminated from politics even if they defect to their true party the greenalp filth no mercy must be given .it must be unconditional surrender by the fascists ,then the “war crimes trials ” can start and the elite can be broken and ruined .

  23. Entropy

    Muddy, was a Flannery ever defined? A quick Google was of no help.

    Here is my proposal:
    A Flannery would be 50 GL. As such it is ten percent of one SydHarb.
    Wivenhoe Dam at 1,165 GL is 2.33 Sydharbs, or 23.3 Flannerys.
    Thus for the dam level in Wivenhoe to rise by five percent requires an inflow of 1.165 Flannerys, or alternatively, one Flannery would be the equivalent of enough water to raise dam levels by 4.3 percent.

  24. Any seconders? Can we get this thing rolling?

    Absolutely, seconded and thirded. I have an arsenal of brilliant stuff. But it is pretty much only you Muddy, Struth, myself and one or two others who actually understand the leftist power and control of language and how badly we fail as this, so I expect contributors would be few and far between. Still, you should ask Sinc.

  25. Muddy

    Entropy.
    I struggle to count my toes some days, so your maths have bamboozled me. It is, however, exactly the type of word and definition I had in mind for the Catictionary (h/t Bill Thompson for the original suggestion). I think we have an amazing opportunity here to reclaim at least a percentage of our language, and just as our ideological enemies appropriate and redefine, so can we. What I would prefer though, are new words: they will hopefully get more attention (and this is an attention-getting exercise, as all propaganda is). Rather than being simply insulting though, I think they need to be clever and memorable. I like the ‘Flannery’ as a unit of measurement because it makes a statement without being obviously slanderous.
    When I can get my act together, I’m going to hit up the DoomSinc and see what he thinks about a Catictionary, and I will use Bill’s word and your definition as an example. Keep up the great work.
    ROLA – Reclaim Our Language Again!

  26. A Lurker

    Any seconders? Can we get this thing rolling?

    I vote in favour of it – and I’d like to suggest two words:

    Termites: those of the Marxist/Socialist/Globalist Left, who are eating out the strength of our traditions, institutions, previously Conservative political parties, society and culture.

    Social Justice Wankers: because that is what they are.

  27. Muddy

    I will Mr. Rusty. I’ve had this in mind for some time, but haven’t been confident it would get much of a response (just as my occasional comments re language etc have been largely ignored). We can only give it a go though, and I’m not one to sit back and moan without at least trying something (I have almost perfected falling flat on my face). I think the key lies in being clever about the words we choose, rather than simply insulting, because insults tend to wear a bit thin.
    Stay tuned.

  28. egg_

    Muddy, was a Flannery ever defined?

    IIRC I coined ‘Flannercast’ on Tim Blair’s blog?

  29. Muddy

    I’ve just realised that my ROLA – Reclaim Our Language Again – contains a redundant word at the end. Sigh. It sounded great in my head!

  30. Muddy

    Egg.
    Sounds interesting. Can you come up with a pithy definition?

    What I’m hoping for is that we can come up some words like Blair’s ‘Frightbat.’ Words that will be picked up first by only a very small population, but then will hopefully travel and take on a life of their own. ‘Frightbat’ is not too serious, but still descriptive and insulting.

  31. Muddy

    A Lurker.
    You are one of only about 6-8 posters here whose comments I look for, and I agree that we need to find an alternative for the SJW label which peeves me off more than I can describe when people use the ‘W’ to apply to cowards and yes, termites, in a complimentary way. Can we tweak the ‘Social Justice Wankers’ phrase? I don’t have anything in mind, that’s a serious question. I think it is accurate, but I’m wondering how ‘catchy’ that will be. Much of this will be about marketing.

  32. Huh? SJW does not stand for Social Justice Wanker?
    Er… Muddy, in that case, what does it stand for?

  33. Entropy

    Someone referred to the “social justice aristocracy” the other day. Better than calling them “the elites”.

  34. A Lurker

    I don’t have anything in mind, that’s a serious question. I think it is accurate, but I’m wondering how ‘catchy’ that will be.

    How about this?

    Social Justice Wankers: called so because they take almost sexual pleasure in being authoritarian humourless busybodies.

  35. cuckoo

    Can I suggest an addition?
    “Divisive – term commonly used by the media to refer to any public policy or person disliked by leftists”

  36. Muddy

    That’s a fair point, Salvatore, but I would suggest that most understand the ‘w’ to refer to ‘warrior’ which I have seethed about multiple times previously. By using ‘warrior’ to describe those who risk nothing, we devalue the contribution of those true warriors who sometimes risk everything. Much like the words ‘racist’ and ‘hero’ have been devalued, so will ‘warrior’ if we let it.
    I’m not dismissing the idea – and I’m happy for people to disagree; this is only my unskilled, uneducated personal opinion – but for these words and definitions to have life beyond our rather narrow community, I wonder if other alternatives might be considered? Perhaps we could Masturbate-for-Social-Justice and see what pops out?

  37. Muddy

    I have to take off for now peoples, but keep your fertile brains ticking over, and I’ll see if I can persuade The Magnificent DoomSinc to start a Catictionary. Thanks for your suggestions so far.

  38. Can I suggest an addition?
    “Divisive – term commonly used by the media to refer to any public policy or person disliked by leftists”

    “Outspoken” – Applies to any “Divisive” politician.

  39. Muddy: I was unaware (google has now corrected me) of the “W” in SJW being anything but “wanker”.
    I now know better.
    Perhaps Social Justice “Whuz” or “Wuz” or however it is spelled?

  40. .

    Helpful? Thread of doom? Volunteers? Victorian Taxi Families? Right wing Liberal party?

  41. Snoopy

    Yes cuckoo divisive is a definite starter. Pronounced de-viss-iv.

  42. .

    Angry summers? Greatest moral challenge?

  43. Snoopy

    Free Syrian Army = Obama’s Jihadist allies.

  44. LGS

    Australians are horrified at Trump’s victory (they actually said this on their ABC)
    The ABC speak for themselves, not me! (But then again they almost never do.)
    I had been hoping for a Trump victory from Day 1.
    Trump is hardly perfect, but he is a helluvva sight better than Hillary!

  45. .

    Largely correct now Snoopy. It was not entirely correct all along.

  46. Andrew

    Extremist = anyone whose opinion would be jeered on Queers&Alarmists

  47. Their ALPBC is this morning pushing “Stolen Generations” as a historical fact (i.e. anyone who was not raised by their biological parents – this includes those who went to boarding school).

    They also near used “Unavoidable Tragedy” to describe the outcome of eating tablets that were handed to you by a beardo weirdo at some festival up the bush.
    Give it another year, & “Unavoidable” will be the word for “conscious choice to ingest unknown pills”.

  48. Qley

    Leak: we were hacked by foreign governments

  49. cuckoo

    Nativism – irrational feelings of affection or loyalty by non-elites and deplorables towards their homeland. Also sense of ownership of same, feeding irrational perceptions of a need for secure borders, immigration controls, etc. Originally Patriotism but when leftists started disapproving of this idea the term mutated into Nationalism (see also Nazism) before arriving at this form.

  50. A Lurker

    Macquarie Dictionary = Redefining words for the Left (e.g. Misogyny)

    Hate-Speech = Inconvenient Facts

  51. calli

    There’s nothing social, just or brave about a Social Justice Warrior.

    To me they’re just Unmerited Recognition Bullies.

  52. calli

    Trussia – the New Enemy

  53. Well spotter Incoherent Rambler.
    How did you know that list was lurking on the Cat?

  54. .

    Password = [email protected]
    Hacked = someone guessed [email protected]

  55. .

    Their ALPBC is this morning pushing “Stolen Generations” as a historical fact (i.e. anyone who was not raised by their biological parents – this includes those who went to boarding school

    Doesn’t it take a village to raise a child?

  56. .

    I am a bit worried about Snoopy. Every time I mention taxis, he’s triggered.

  57. Some History

    The Children™: Anyone of any age that is not a member of the [self-installed] Leftist “aristocracy”, i.e., the “unwashed”.

    Think of The Children™: The “unwashed” must not be permitted to defy the [self-installed] Leftist aristocracy.

    Help: In Leftist hands, “help” covers all manner of coercion from demonization to robbery in manipulating the “unwashed” to leftist conformity.

    Educate: Brainwash.

    Bring society on board: The Left needs sufficient time for “salami-slice” brainwashing.

    A Healthy Society: A society completely dominated by the Left’s harebrained ideas.

    Phobic/Denier: Those questioning Leftist agenda are dismissed as irrationally terrified, suffering “phobia”, or dangerously “in denial”, e.g., homophobia, transphobia, climate change denier.

    Truth®: Anything the Left says it is.

  58. alexnoaholdmate

    “Extremist” – someone whose views are shared by the vast majority of Australians.

    “Triumph of democracy/people power” – when a leftist candidate wins an election.

    “Populism/Fascism/The tyranny of the majority” – when a conservative candidate wins an election.

    “Democracy doesn’t work” – a phrase rolled out whenever a conservative candidate wins election (see “Populism”, above). Most often heard when, in fact, democracy has worked exactly as it is supposed to.

  59. alexnoaholdmate

    “Truth” – the Leftist position du jour. Often unsupported by facts or empirical evidence – in fact, the less facts involved the better, as they prevent “analysis” of the “truth” and the glorious search for “context.”

    Disagreement that the Leftist position is “the Truth” is usually attributed to the opponent’s lack of intelligence and inability to understand “nuance.”

  60. King Koala

    1. Whenever someone kvetches about populism remind them to be thankful that evil populist Hillary Clinton lost out to Trump.

    2. SJW stands for social justice warrior and has done for years. Its universally used around the net and too late to change. The term was used in the best selling book in political philosophy on Amazon, as an example. ‘Warrior’ in this context is used mockingly. These warriors are no more real warriors than Don Quixote was a real knight. The term warrior is used because these people genuinely believe themselves to be self righteous defenders of weak but to everyone outside their delusion bubble they are clowns.

  61. Some History

    These warriors are no more real warriors than Don Quixote was a real knight. The term warrior is used because these people genuinely believe themselves to be self righteous defenders of weak but to everyone outside their delusion bubble they are clowns.

    Social Justice Warriors: And where are the clowns? Send in the clowns. Don’t bother, they’re here.

  62. Social Justice Clowns = works for me.
    SJC. Yep, that acronym will cause people to arrive at an apt conclusion for the “C”.

  63. “Truth” – the Leftist position du jour. Often unsupported by facts or empirical evidence – in fact, the less facts involved the better, as they prevent “analysis” of the “truth” and the glorious search for “context.”

    It’s about feelz man. Often these feelz erupt like a ripe zit from a soundz good meme.

  64. alexnoaholdmate

    SJC. Yep, that acronym will cause people to arrive at an apt conclusion for the “C”.

    Society of Jesus Christ? The Jesuits?

    I knew it was them!

  65. Crossie

    New Chum
    #2249797, posted on January 2, 2017 at 11:20 am
    Australia is a wealthy country = but the politicians we elect are doing their best to make us a poor country.

    And in every way possible. Not only do they give away more than taxpayers pay in but they also make it impossible for businesses to make a profit by making energy prohibitively expensive with insistence on so-called sustainable-green electricity generation.

    While normal before an election our politicians seem to become victims of aliens body snatchers that lurk in Canberra as soon as they get there.

  66. Crossie

    Australia has low debt by international standards = we are not as broke as Eurabia

    The late Oriana Fallaci was prescient when she came up with the Eurabia name in 2005.

  67. Termites: those of the Marxist/Socialist/Globalist Left, who are eating out the strength of our traditions, institutions, previously Conservative political parties, society and culture.

    And the eating the people themselves.

    Seems it has along way to go before people realise the coming effects of the last 40+ years of the left’s depopulation agenda.

  68. Atoms for Peace

    Social Justice Poseurs is recent subset of SJWS.
    Meshes in with their virtue signalling.

  69. egg_

    Bring society on board: The Left needs sufficient time for “salami-slice” brainwashing.

    Case in point: Aunty’s high repetition of the CAGW meme, even if reality differs from same – it’s all in the Reporting.

  70. egg_

    You are one of only about 6-8 posters here whose comments I look for, and I agree that we need to find an alternative for the SJW label

    Didn’t someone posit that the Virtue Signalling Elite is at the top of the heap – it’s the seeming that matters.
    ‘I just bought the new model Prius (but my daily drive is a Range Rover Sport)’.

  71. egg_

    Flannercast: Weather doomcasting that usually goes pear-shaped – refer also: ‘The Gore Effect’*.

    *c/- Tim Blair.

  72. Paul

    Definition of Free Speech = Only the left have free speech. Any one speaking otherwise, and this means you, then the left have all the rights to shout you down, harass, intimate and spit in your face to stop your illegal speech from being heard.

  73. Paul

    Toilet = 1. Obama’s office. 2. Hillary’s Office. 3. The Office of the DNC. 4. A small cubicle for crap.
    Gender neutral Toilet = 1. See above. 2. A small cubicle for those who don’t know what gender they are. 3. Not a Mens room, otherwise you go to jail for using a cubicle assigned for your gender, and they wonder why Hillary lost.

  74. Andrew

    overwhelming public support = describes leftist cause that must never be put to a plebiscite because it will be lost

    see also

    homophobia = condition that is now epidemic in the community; Patient Zero suffered the condition on 18/9/2012 on the day after Gillard and Krudd voted down SSM due to their deep respect for Christian tradition and the overwhelming public interest to preserve traditional marriage.

  75. Andrew

    Also don’t forget

    Suffering mental illness / no apparent motive / no links to radicalisation / nothing to do with Islam

  76. Mooka

    Lone Wolf, Person of no appearance or religion who for no apparent reason kills
    as many people as possible while yelling Allaho akbar.

  77. Zulu Kilo Die Onuitspeeklike

    These warriors are no more real warriors than Don Quixote was a real knight. The term warrior is used because these people genuinely believe themselves to be self righteous defenders of weak but to everyone outside their delusion bubble they are clowns.

    Well said. They see themselves as warriors for a better world, they see themselves as warriors for a greener world, where refugees and the socially disadvantaged may achieve their full potential, but I just see them as a mob of fvckwits.

  78. Zulu Kilo Die Onuitspeeklike

    Cradock’s Choice
    #2249761, posted on January 2, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Excellent. +1 and all that.

    Should be sticky to stay here for a while.

    An administrative matter, Cradock’s Choice. With time on my hands, in retirement, I’m reading Stephen Roskill’s biography of Maurice Hankey. – “Hankey, Man of Secrets.” Do you know if Hankey’s diary was ever published? He seems to have been at the heart of it all…Gallipoli, the Versailles Treaty, the Ten Year re – armament plan, the naval base at Singapore,…”

  79. Rabz

    “Quality J’ism” – the infuriatung offensive rubbish that bears no resemblance to reality (even coincidentally) as purveyed by leftist media outlets such as the ALPBC, Fauxfacts and the Guardian.

    “Budget Savings/Saves” – tax increases.

  80. Snoopy

    Expert = Leftist with an opinion quoted by MSM.

  81. Sisipus

    I nominate to the ROLA.
    Cats in air pumps. Useless,long winded,ornamental.

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