Is the U.S. in danger of becoming a logocracy?
It is said that there is great power in words. Throughout history, many great leaders have used words to inspire and awe their people and to strike fear into enemies. The use of language is a very important aspect of any government that wishes to maintain it’s power but is it possible for a government to use just words to have complete control over the masses? Is the U.S. in danger of becoming a logocracy?
A logocracy is a form of totalitarian government that uses language strategies to maintain control over its people (Wikipedia). It is fictional and no true logocracy has ever existed in history. The most well known fictional logocracy would probably be Oceania from George Orwell’s novel, 1984. In the book, the government uses party slogans such as “2+2=5” to maintain control of the people (Wikipedia). This slogan is the concept of totally accepting the governments view of the world and history, even if the view is completely contradictory to logic and common sense. An example of language strategy in the novel 1984 is the way ministries within the government are named. The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war; the Ministry of Truth uses propaganda to alter history in its favor; the Ministry of Love is responsible for monitoring and arresting dissidents. The names are completely contradictory to what they actually do but it puts the ministry in a positive light.
Now is the U.S. in danger of becoming a logocracy? Although some would argue that it is, if we stick to the definition of a logocracy given above, the answer is no. There are some aspects of the government, especially the political side, that can be similar to a logocracy. For example, in the latest presidential race between John McCain and Barack Obama, there have been some extremely one sided political ads on both sides. Most, if not all, of these ads do not tell the whole story. They usually skew the facts to support...