E Pluribus Nihil

Archaeologists of the far future sifting through America’s plastic ashes will peg the collapse of its civilization to two insidious language events:

(1) When America dissolved “talking about problems” into “having conversations around issues.”

(2) When America demoted “national” security to “homeland” security.


~ “Write beautifully what people don’t want to hear.” (Frederick Seidel)

Quedo de Vds. S.S.S.Q.E.S.M.

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I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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2 Responses to E Pluribus Nihil

  1. And the same will be said about Australia. Our Departments of Immigration, and Customs and Quarantine are now ‘Border Force’ (with black uniforms); our Department of Social Services is now ‘Services Australia’. Our politicians talk about ‘sovereign security’ and ‘sovereign risk’ to excuse their lack of transparency……. it goes on and on.
    You might enjoy this book by Don Watson: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/watsons-dictionary-of-weasel-words-9781740513661

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    • JMN says:

      Wow! You capture my own sentiments exactly! I feel as if they stopped short of calling ours the Department of Fatherland Security, but would have liked to! I’ve long been attached to the term “weasel words” as well as to a loathing of them. I’ve never been to Australia, but have reflected more than once on certain similarities between it and the U.S. The comparison has good sides, of course, but I think we agree that there’s a dark side as well. I perceive some of the same in the UK, with Priti Patel’s stern thrust to quell demonstrations as well as immigration. Thanks for the mention of Don Watson. I’ll check him out.


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