Control the Words, Control the Culture

Control the Words, Control the Culture

What’s in a word? Why does it matter whether we call someone
who breaks the law to enter the country an “illegal alien” or a “undocumented immigrant”? What’s the difference between a Christmas
tree and a “holiday tree?” It’s just semantics, right? Yes…and no. It is just semantics, but “semantics” means
the meaning of words. Words exist so that we might discriminate
one thing from another. Without words we have chaos. And it starts with the first words; a baby
says mama to distinguish mommy from daddy. Words shape how we think; they color how we
view the world. No one understands this better than the Left. They are the masters of words. Because they know that words matter. The Left has a special gift for euphemisms
– soft words selected to sugarcoat harsh realities so as to make those harsh realities easier
for us to swallow. But these soft words are insidious. Their sole purpose is to deceive. Race discrimination in hiring and college
admissions is refashioned as the much nicer sounding “affirmative action.” Who would ever oppose an affirmative action? Global warming, which can be measured and
challenged, has morphed into “climate change,” which means essentially nothing because the
climate is always changing. When Barack Obama became president, George
Bush’s war in Afghanistan suddenly transformed into the far less ominous and threatening
“overseas contingency operation.” That’s one way to try to end a war. Just rename it. The examples are endless. There’s a new euphemism every week. In the make-believe world of leftist language,
young criminals have become “justice-involved youth.” Mandates and taxes are “individual shared
responsibility payments.” Government spending becomes an “investment.” Wanting to keep more of your hard-earned money
becomes “greed”; taking more of someone else’s money is them “paying their fair share.” Opposing a Democrat in the White House is
“obstruction.” Opposing a Republican in the White House,
“resistance”! In the name of “diversity” the left enforces
intellectual conformity. It censors opposing views in the name of “tolerance.” And it labels all non-left views “hate speech.” Consider the ongoing battle over pronouns –
whether to call a man who thinks he’s a woman “he” or “she.” Very few people in the country suffer from
gender confusion, and we should have compassion for those who do, but the Left has invested
countless funds, time, and energy to make everyone refer to some men as she and some
women as he. Why? Is it because the Left is so compassionate? Or is it more likely because so much of the
Left’s cultural agenda is about blurring, even denying, the natural distinctions between
men and women? Sometimes it’s just an adjective that can
change or even negate the entire meaning of the word it describes. Take “social justice.” Justice means getting what you deserve without
favor. “Social justice” means getting what you don’t
deserve because you are favored. Here’s one we hear a lot these days. “My truth.” Truth is reality regardless of any individual’s
feelings or perceptions. “My truth” is how I perceive things regardless
of how they really are. And how about “Same-sex marriage.” Let’s not get into the politics; let’s just
look at the language. Throughout history, in every culture, marriage
has been the union of husbands – men, and wives – women. “Same-sex marriage” is the union of men with
men or women with women, but it is most certainly not the union of husbands and wives. Once the phrase “same-sex” was placed before
the word marriage – that is, once the definition of marriage changed, the debate changed. It became about “marriage equality.” It was suddenly an act of bigotry to limit
marriage to husbands and wives. All this manipulation of language has paid
off for the left: because whoever controls the words controls the culture. Don’t believe me? Just try using plain language instead of the
Left’s politically correct jargon. But be careful. Use “the wrong words” and you might lose your
job, your home and your reputation. The culture war is largely a war of words. Right now, the Left is winning. You can see the consequences everywhere: in
politics, in education, in media. It’s time to fight back. We should not cede another syllable. What’s in a word? Everything. I’m Michael Knowles, host of the Michael Knowles
Show, for Prager University.

100 thoughts on “Control the Words, Control the Culture

  1. Excerpt from this Article:

    In George Orwell’s 1984, the main character, Winston, is tortured by O’Brian, an agent of the ruling party. “Do you remember,” O’Brian asks, “writing in your diary, ‘Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four’?” When Winston responds that he does, O’Brian holds up four fingers and asks:

    'How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?'


    'And if the party says that it is not four but five—then how many?'


    Winston is repeatedly tortured when he doesn’t answer with O’Brian’s preferred answer. Eventually he answers:

    'Five! Five! Five!'

    'No, Winston, that is no use. You are lying. You still think there are four. How many fingers, please?'

    'Four! five! Four! Anything you like. Only stop it, stop the pain!'

    [. . . ]

    'You are a slow learner, Winston,' said O'Brien gently.

    'How can I help it?' he blubbered. 'How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.'

    'Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.'

    Winston thinks that if he tells O’Brian what he wants to hear it will be enough to satisfy his torturer. But he learns that’s not really the goal:

    'How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?'

    'I don't know. I don't know. You will kill me if you do that again. Four, five, six—in all honesty I don't know.'

    'Better,' said O'Brien.

    Winston begins to realize that it’s not his answer that matters but his compliance to the agenda of the party. The party, not the individual, gets to decide what constitutes reality, and any disagreement will be punished.

    Winston believed he had the freedom to say “two plus two make four” while we think we have the freedom to say “boys are referred to by the pronoun ‘he.’” But in both cases the dominant, controlling group disagrees.

    Obviously, the current situation is not the same as in Orwell’s dystopian novel. Teachers who refuse to refer to a boy as “she” will not be tortured. They’ll simply lose their job and be considered unqualified to be a teacher. Many courageous educators will nevertheless refuse to submit and have to choose a different career. But the message will eventually sink in until all teachers go along with the “choose your own gender” system. They’ll deny reality because they want to protect their livelihood or because they consider it a minor compromise. And eventually, the youth of America will not be able to remember a time when we didn’t have to ask people what they chose as their “personal pronouns.” They’ll have conformed to the reality-distorting propaganda that boys can be girls and girls can be boys and ze can be no gender at all if that’s what ze decides.

    They’ll learn that in America everyone has a right to choose their gender. They just don’t have a right to follow their conscience.

  2. Well, the "right" has made some good word choices too … for example "Pro-LIFE" vs. "Choice." Who can argue with "life?" Furthermore, Trump is THE MASTER of hanging labels on opponents. Everything from "Crooked Hillary" to "Pocahontas." Maybe that's why the Left hates the president so much, because he's beating them at their own game? GO TRUMP!

  3. War on terror
    War on drugs
    Extraordinary rendition
    Collateral damage

    Too bad this is something conservatives do.. Not liberals!

  4. Well I agree with most of this video, I can not wholly stand behind pragerU who are in my opinion just as insidious, or at the very least have the potential to be, as the left currently is.

  5. Yes where is matter and that's exactly why you should say what you mean mean what you say do good to those who hate you and understand and communicate with people Nazis not okay gay people is there a life dude wrong you're right there

  6. I have developed a simple rule for dealing with the Communist in our country. The rule is this: Whatever they’re for, I’m against. History has shown us that their utopian policies don’t produce anything close to what they promised. Their policies of central planning, in the 20th century, produced the deaths of hundreds of millions of people in the USSR, China, and Cambodia.

  7. This word manipulation game is so stupid and immoral. Why immoral? Because you are taking the other persons right away be altering his world view of the situation, hence lying.

  8. if words hurt, and preferred pronouns should be enforced, what if Christians demanded people refer to "Holiday Trees" as it was originally called, a "Christmas Tree," since calling a "Holiday Tree" is to deny our Christianity! the same can be said for calling Christmas, "Christmas." and while we're at it, as a Right-Leaning Libertarian, i'd like to be referred to as "oh, Wise One," because anything else is a violent insult and denies my enlightened humanity!

  9. I just found another way Youtube is controlling these videos from really becoming viral. When you view it, it doesnt reset even if you close it out and watch it again, so essentially every time you try to rewatch it, it doesnt count it as another view.

  10. The "left" is not the enemy. They're just more apt to be used by the real enemy (satan) because certain spirits are more attracted to certain societies/cultures/systems than others. It has politics wrapped up in it, but its spiritual.

  11. It hasn't become bigotry to limit marriage to man/woman, it is stupid BIGOTRY!! Actually Marriage itself is dumb af but that's another debate

  12. Fun fact: term "climate change" was invented by George W. Bush assistant Frank Luntz in his first term. Reference: "Full text of Dick Cheney's speech", Guardian 27.8.2002 or 8/27 2002…

    "Overseas Contingency Operation" was invented by Obama, but I think that the "Enduring Freedom" is still more propaganda…

    I usually support Prager U, but now you got it wrong. Sorry.

  13. We don't need to imagine what the future would be like if the Left change a language. It have already happened. Just look at Simplified and Traditional Chinese

  14. My goodness young man you’re a blessing and speaking so much truthfulness. I would like to say I appreciate it very much. The left-idea and the problems they cause in social structures are noticed all over the world. Not only America have this problem, but all nations around the globe. It’s like demons and devils has been opened from the abyss. May God help us and bless us

  15. Was with him until he started going off the rails with this weird trans conspiracy theory. Why does he think that leftists who advocate respecting trans people’s pronouns are doing so out of some nefarious motive to “abolish all differences between men and women”?

  16. Yes, indeed, all the history, facts,and truth is there, none of which matter to Leftist. George Orwell told this story well 70 years ago. Many of those who have commented have told of this story far better than I can. They lived the real world story of 1984. I doubt the leftist school teachers in the US permit 1984 being read in public schools, I'm sure it's not required reading. Leftist absolutely know what works to get their agenda accomplished, and they are determined, they do not expect to accomplish their objectives in one fell swoop, no they are very incremental in their approach, and as they accomplish one increment, their next objective is simply another increment of the same, until yes they take things to absurdity, and to where the individual doesn't have a breath, or a dollar that's genuinely his own. Thank GOD for TRUMP..

  17. I knew this already though.
    Only word that expresses joy when words can not express it is hallelujah. Only in Hebrew (maybe other languages have this to)

  18. Not a criticism to the video in general, I really enjoy it. However, "climate" in "climate change" refers to long time span average behavior of temperature, rain and other meteorological parameters. The change had the intention of including effects such as higher occurrence of strong winds, extreme temperatures and others weather anomalies. "Weather" is indeed high inconstant and difficult to predict, but the expression "climate change" does carry a terrifying meaning, and it's a more accurate way of name the phenomena they talk about.

  19. Great video. The problem is, most people in the USA are so stupid they don't care about truth and honest facts. They just join a political club and get their truths and facts out of a partisan political can. Truth that has been boiled and canned by someone else may not be truth at all. How would you ever know if you do not have an inquisitive mind?

  20. The left hates President Trump because he speaks a language most Americans understand devoid of any political correct nature.  Political correctness' is destroying the soul of this country,  It disguises immorality, violent behavior, criminal activities and corrupts the very fabric and values of our way of life.  Don't you think?

  21. Man I came here to watch an interesting video and it ended up being an attack on one side. This is obviously not a technique esclusive to one side. You discredit your arguments with such huge bias.

    Some of your examples were good. Others were just conclusions made that I would only expect someone with a very very basic understanding of the issue would make.

    And how on earth is gender pronouns related to the political correctness fallacy?

    Despite what you claim about social justice, that is not what people aim for. Aiming for women's rights isn't giving people what they don't deserve. Aiming for equality doesn't necessarily mean giving people what they don't deserve.

    I agree we aimed to change the definition of marriage. So what? It was changed so homosexuals wouldn't feel like they were being excluded from something that they had looked forward to all their lives. It's completely unnecessary to have a different name for the union of people depending on their sex.

    With all these fallacies you've made and attempts to trick your audience, it's clear. You're the one trying to control the culture.

  22. Sorry, I see nothing wrong with same-sex marriage. I've always seen marriage as something two people do when they've decided they want to commit their lives to one another, and why should it be limited to men and women only? I agree with a lot of what PragerU argues, but unfortunately this isn't one.

  23. Though I most certainly agree with the video's notions, as a European, I am really baffled by the fact that the Democratic party is apparently referred to as 'the Left'. It would be classified as centrist at best in Europe… That said, there are a lot of 'leftist' elements esp. among the most militant and dogmatic proponents of the PC culture (the so called SJWs). But mind you, leftism does not equal left, let alone communism. In fact, those sorry excuses of 'warriors' would be the first in the train to a gulag. One cannot imagine e.g. Stalin putting up with that nonsense on gender identities etc…

  24. Some examples of how the Left changes language:
    Merry Christmas → Happy Holidays
    Question → Micro Agression
    Right → Fascists
    Left → Liberty
    Liberal → Socialist
    Citizen → Anyone in the world
    Inmigrant → citizen
    Biological sex → Offensive
    Religion → Bigotry
    Murder → Abortion
    Irresponsibility and inmaturity → Prochoice
    Prolife → Misogynist
    Race → Diversity
    White → Racist
    Lgbtqaattp→ progressive
    Heterosexual random person → homophobic
    Freedom of speech → Hate speech
    Thinking different → Hate speech
    Universities → reeducation facilities
    Home education, parents values → totalitarian
    Citizen duties →opression
    Equality → different colors, same brain
    Equity → discrimination
    Animals → persons with rights
    Babies in the womb → no persons, no rights
    Baby animals in the womb → persons with rights
    Vegans → duty
    Omnivores → murderers
    Abortionists or baby killers → not murderers
    Freedom of religion or freedom of cult → discriminatory
    Hate of religion → example of liberty
    Win elections → democracy
    Lose elections → fascism
    Free market → lack of humanity
    Sharing with someone → just the governments duty, not mine

  25. Every time I hear someone say "My Truth" I see them as mentally ill. I don't know why and not trying to be mean

  26. 3:01 I have thinking about this for a long time , but only don’t know how to say it , and now I finally know it . If a SJW tells you that you have “privilege” , that means it’s okay for them to giving what you don’t Deserve .

  27. As a lib I'm going to control your language and make it illegal to get mad at me, so enjoy your free (hate) speech while it lasts.

  28. Marriage, from matre, literally meant the act of being a mother. For motherhood, meaning the child, to be seen as a rightful heir to the couple, the act of marriage existed. The whole purpose of marriage is centered around the purpose of a woman, (meaning its more for her than anyone else) having legitimate children. To take away from that and pretend it can apply to any coupling or sex takes away from the meaning of the word, and thus also the importance it was supposed to have for mothers and their offspring.

  29. Oh I've totally heard of people losing the job because of people saying marry Christmas. Your totally oppressed for not using an exclusive phrase. And everyone will hate you if you just talk about the one holiday that you celebrate. Sure right propaganda 🙄

  30. "Alt right" sounds less objectionable than white supremacist, and that's how they try to link regular conservatives to real extremists.

  31. Also take a look on Newspeak.
    Not to mention some words and created by Soviet byreaucrats (Politbyro, Kominterna, Revvoyensoviet, Politruk).

  32. Don’t act like you guys are any better! Sure Democrats make everything we say politically correct, but Republicans make everything we do politically correct.

  33. Can we advocate for use and education of Anglish in the United States school system? (Anglish is a Fully Germanic root form of English, does not use Latin, Greek, or other foreign roots.) I think it could prove more effective because it makes better use of words that can be understood particle-for-particle. Take "synthesize" for example, it's Greek, and the first particle, syn, means "with," and the second particle, thesis, means "make." You might translate it as "gather-make."
    Example: (or, in Anglish: Byword:)
    The thing is, I don't get why we let so many outlandish words enter our tongue when all that the witty folk did was gather-make new words by taking Latish and Greeklandish words and using them the same way that we could have done with no more struggle than was done already with the overlords' tongues. It's not too hard to do, and it's not that hard to understand, either. In fact, if you're not learned, you'll catch on a lot faster than you will trying to catch on to chancery English.

  34. Perhaps the earliest and most pernicious restructuring of the meaning of words is the all to common use of "feel like" and "feel that". These two phrases are continuously used to express thoughts, ideas and opinions that have nothing to do with feelings. But if a person "feels like" something, it seems that they are somehow more emotionally understanding of the situation. Total rubbish.

  35. My dude, you do understand pronouns aren't biological, right? Gender pronouns (eg: he, she) refer to someone's gender. Gender is, by definition (, someone's self perspective. So if someone identifies as a woman, it makes more sense grammatically to call them a woman than a man. It's just college level biology and psychology.

  36. 1) There is no recorded case of a person being fired for using the words "merry Christmas." If someone seeing this comment does know one and would like to reply to this with a citation I would find it very interesting, but as far as I know that's never happened 2) Even thinking of it as a hypothetical possibility instead of reality, aren't you guys the ones who thinks businesses should be able to hire and fire whoever they want

  37. yea, actually both the left and the right are idiots…everyone is operating on connotations, and both the left and right use words to promote their own agenda. both the right and left are promoting lies. both the left and right are full of shit (and I mean that denotatively). smh…

  38. Marriage throughout history has mostly been a contract unifying two properties (farms, plantations, land, etc.). The only reason it was between a man and a woman is because that was the only way to produce an heir. But that is not completely true since there have been multiple same-sex marriages in western culture even people of power like Roman emperors had same-sex marriages.

  39. And this is just like calling Brooke Shields a model while in reality, she's pedophile bait, but the left, who promotes pedophilia especially in Hollywood wants to sugar-coat Everything about her or what should we call her. Another example of this is when someone is being a bitch to people, people want to call it confidence, but when someone says it's not, then the other person who tries normalizing this kind of behavior gets upset and destroys the person. Just like with Naomi Campbell fans defending her repulsive anger and actions.

  40. Wow. Incredibly biased piece about words–and they do matter. How about the Right's reframing of reality with "alternate facts"? Talk about "my truth!" Trump's "truth" is usually far from reality or fact. He even contradicts himself, sometimes in the same speech.

  41. I agree with EVERYTHING he says especially on free speech and how leftism wants to change the way we think, but he is ignorant just like most prager videos on trans people. 2:24 A trans woman doesn't "think that they're a man". They are concious about their sex and they know they are a man. They simply would feel more comfortable as a woman. They know what they are, but the way their brain/mind depicts their gender doesn't fit their biological sex. And I think you are also twisting words, you say "gender confusion'' instead of gender dysphoria. That's hypocritical. I don't know however if this word was also twisted later or replaced a different word so I'll leave it to you if you know anything about that. Trans people are not confused, they are simply uncomfortable in their body. Something many prager videos don't know/mention is that gender and sex are not the same thing. Sex is what you are, and gender is how you are comfortable. The video however is deep, I sound like a total leftist after I wrote this whole paragraph, but I'm totally not, I don't wanna carry that label around, because I support free speech and it's wrong to jail anyone for not using the pronouns you like or not baking a cake, and I say this as a member of the LGBTQ+ Community.

  42. Last week, I had a debate with a feminist where I said that there is no such thing as "own fact" because a fact is a fact no matter who experiences it, and then that feminist replied "Yes, there is. That's why everyone is entitled to their own fact." etc. etc. And I replied to her to go against her statement, however, she already said "I'll just end it here.". So, she wasn't able to read my reply. After I replied, the owner of the post deleted our comments. So I think, up until now, that feminist whom I had a debate with still thinks that she won and her idea of "own fact" isn't debunkable. 🙁🙁🙁🙁🙁🙁🙁

  43. This is among the most lazy-thinking, uninformed, manipulative videos Prager University has, and that's saying a lot.
    The Left didn't coin the term "affirmative action," Congress did, decades ago, but by tying affirmative action to the "sinister" Left, Knowles is actually telling viewers that giving minorities a hand up to break the barriers the tyranny of the majority STILL throw in their way is contrary to what's best for America.
    Knowles himself used words to control the viewers' conversion. He said we should have "compassion" for those who have "gender confusion," which he surely knows is offensive to transgender people, who are not "confused" at all.
    Trans folks know perfectly well that who they are innately is the opposite sex of who've they've lived.
    The angst they experience isn't from knowing they are transgender. Their cognitive dissonance is the result of know-it-all know-nothings like Knowles who make a career out of mocking and shaming people whose life experiences differ from his own and therefore cannot exist.
    Knowles COULD be morally and intellectually courageous and actually TALK to trans people to develop empathy for trans folks' lives, but he won't.
    Knowles prefers his smug, "religious" perch so he can push back against Americans who are increasingly telling #TheReligiousWhite, "We're tired of you pushing your lifestyle down our throats," especially these days with Trump as president. Their pontificating about sin and character has been nothing more than a weapon used to block gays from exercising their unalienable rights ("pursuit of happiness" means Christians' have no authority to limit what makes gays happy, including the decision to marry).

  44. With same see marriage, it's more just a ceremony to confirm your relationship with each other. Do you want us to make a separate marriage term?

  45. What's ironic about this video is that it's on the restricted list–that's proving the point of the video–they're trying to control the culture by controlling these words by censoring them! Oh the evil!

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