Half a century of idea laundering, obscurantist doublespeak, politicised academic garbage, and outright intellectual fraud.¶
Something has gone dreadfully wrong in our knowledge production chain and the institutions which define it. In the last 60 years, a predominant orthodoxy has developed, which has at its core and a belief humans can, and should have, their reality socially engineered through language.
These systems have been deliberately corrupted so they malfunction as a sophisticated, self-referencing mechanism for idea laundering; a process of obtaining fraudulent credibility for politicised pseudo-scholarship so useless, it is entirely indistinguishable from fiction, or even opinion.
This glossary attempts to catalogue its well-disguised origins, in classical Ambrose Bierce style.
“Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” (George Orwell)