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  •  Abstractions are a great invention, aren't they? (16+ / 0-)

    I've been listening to the war language -- to the use of language as war -- and abstractions multiply with power. The first step, as others have commented upon and many are starting to discuss, is hiding the plutocrat. This way, there is no Walton family and no Koches. Instead, "the market" or "Wal*Mart" does a thing. The second step is to hide or remove the corporation's name. It was not Cyngular that invented the always-late contract. It was a company that no longer exists, and now it's "how things are." It was not First National that invented overdraft protection as a source of profit in banking. It's just "the system."

    We then get to the point where we are promised "Jim" on the customer service line empathizing like a hemorrhaging mime with us, but nothing can be done. After all, it's the contract you signed or the arbitration agreement or the market or changing conditions.

    You, though, are a person -- or at least an aggregated set of data points.

    Everyone is innocent of some crime.

    by The Geogre on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 12:48:30 PM PDT

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