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Language That Makes You Ill

Went to Joe and Mika this morning and found myself neck deep in a discussion of “Illliberalism.” Seriously? What the hell? I was just getting used to Neoliberalism to the point that I could comfortably work it into the political landscape, and now they’re hitting me with this?

I need a break. We all need a break. Hopefully, one is on the way. I am beyond hoping for those good old liberal, conservative and moderate divisions and their sub-divisions of center-right, center-left, far right and far left, which everybody could understand. Well, most of us, anyway. A world where many of us didn’t feel threatened by the newest almost daily politically incorrect word or phrase or way of thinking, with concepts like Illiberalism being thrown at us and being used like we’re all supposed to understand what those who use these new words are saying. It’s not them, it’s us? What nonsense. It’s them and they are out of control.

A few weeks ago, “LatinX” entered the scene. Huh? I spent more than thirty years in Los Angeles, and it appears they’re talking about Latinos, which is a word I understand. “LatinX” means nothing to me. It sounds like a slur on people who originated in Latin America. Sounds like somebody wants to “X” them out? I hope it doesn’t last. Like calling women “Karens,” which is a childish slur on millions of women who don’t deserve it. What is this? The 4th grade? That needs to go away too.

We are all bogged down in an Illiberal, Neoliberal, Illconservative swamp. A world where many of us can’t understand what’s being said, and that might be the greatest threat of all. We would probably all be far better off if we tried to keep it simple. Then, at least, we would be able to understand one another.