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  • See also ubermenschen

    April 8, 2007

  • A word with obviously evil connotations that can be used by anyone to make it clear that *they* are on the side of good. Very 1984. What do you call a word like untermenschen that can be used to perpetrate deceit by narrowing the frame of the debate on an inaccurate center point? Newspeak?

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    But, just like women stoned to death in Iran, or the mass starvation of the people of Zimbabwe, these horrors are greeted with the silence that racists reserve for the less-than-humans who behave in an uncivilized way. Their unspoken attitude is, well, what can you expect of these untermenschen?

    And anyway, it's all Bush's fault.

    -- Michael Ledeen, mledeen@aei.org, The National Review Online, Friday, April 06, 2007,

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    April 8, 2007