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Loaded Language

The labels being launched at those who successfully question the mind-control myth to reduce what they say in a simplistic framework is a good illustration of anticultists' own concept of "loaded language".


Diane Richardson <referen@bway.net>

13 Apr  97

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martinh@islandnet.com (Martin Hunt) wrote:

>Monica Pignotti <Pignotti@worldnet.att.net> wrote:

>>Diane Richardson wrote:

>>> I am suggesting that your use of loaded language to describe Professor Hadden is e.vidence that you refuse to apply critical thought to the ideas he presents. Margaret Singer states that the use of derogatory names (e.g., wog) serves as reinforcement to the groupthink mentality.

>>Not all name calling is loaded language. You obviously don't understand what the term means.

I understand precisely what the term means, Monica.

>>Loaded language, as she describes it, occurs within the specific context of a cult to keep a person obedient to an authoritarian structure and a charismatic leader.

It's interesting that you've chosen to cut my quote from Singer's book.

>A concrete example is in order. The word "Ethics" is a good example of what Lifton et al was talking about.

I don't believe that's what Lifton meant at all by his phrase. I quote from page 429 of Lifton's book "Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism" (Norton, 1961):

"Loading the Language

The language of the totalist environment is characterized by the thought-terminating cliche. The most far-reaching and complex of human problems are compressed into brief, highly reductive, definitive-sounding phrases, easily memorized and easily expressed. These become the start and finish of any ideological analysis. In thought reform, for instance, the phrase "bourgeois mentality" is used to encompass and critically dismiss ordinarily troublesome concerns like the quest for individual expression, the exploration of alternative ideas, and the search for perspective and balance in political judgments. And in addition to their function as interpretive shortcuts, these cliches become what Richard Weaver has called 'ultimate terms': either 'god terms,' representative of ultimate good; or 'devil terms,' representative of ultimate evil. . . . [examples deleted] . . . Totalist language, then, is repetitiously centered on all-encompassing jargon, prematurely abstract, highly categorical, relentlessly judging, and to anyone but its most devoted advocate, deadly dull: in Lionel Trilling's phrase, 'the language of nonthought.'"

>Scns are told by their ethics officers or MAAs to "keep their ethics in", and they are and exhorted to do so by Hubbard, and punished if they do not. But what is "ethics" in Scientology? We're all familiar with the regular English definition, but in the cult it's meaning is altered. Ethics is that which keeps the money flowing, keeps the "technology" (also redefined) working, keeps Scientology expanding at all costs, regardless of the impact on individuals or society. This steamroller definition of ethics is so far out of the ordinary, that it may as well be replaced with "criminal conspiracy". The exhortations roughly translate as "keep the criminal conspiracy of Scientology going."

That's a redefinition of a word, not an example of loaded language perse. While I can understand why you choose to categorize Hubbard's redefinitions of common words as loaded language, such redefinitions were not included in Lifton's original thesis. Lifton continues:

"As in other aspects of totalism, this loading may provide an initial sense of insight and security, eventually followed by uneasiness. This uneasiness may result in a retreat into a rigid orthodoxy in which an individual shouts the ideological jargon all the louder in order to demonstrate his conformity, hide his own dilemma and his despair, and protect himself from the fear and guilt he would feel should he attempt to use words and phrases other than the correct ones."

I believe the epithets currently being shouted on this newsgroup, such as "cult whore." "cult apologist," "ivory tower academician," "paid cult dupe," "moral coward," etc. are excellent examples of loaded language.

Diane Richardson
referen@bway.net


 


Defense Introduction - Announcement - William's Sins Bainbridge - Timothy Miller - Hunts Attack - Robert Jay Lifton - Pattern of Defense - Loaded Language - Margaret Singer - DSM -1V - Clark's Defense -Kaplan and Saddock - Sociologist Vs Psychologist - Milieu Control - Hugglung's Reaction  Salibo on Singer - APA Statement - The Rabbits Foot



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