Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Language of Exclusion

First: Demonize political opposition.

Next: Criminalize protest.

Finally: Use the language of criminalization not just for protesters but any political opposition.
Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore delivered a keynote address at a conference sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce's IP Council today and according to media reports warned against "radical extremists" seeking to oppose Bill C-32. It should be obvious to virtually everyone that labeling those that seek reforms to a copyright bill as "radical extremists" is an embarrassing slander that should be promptly retracted. While there are undoubtedly some that oppose the bill altogether (just as there are some that want tougher reforms including three strikes), characterizing those concerned with a copyright bill in this manner is wholly inappropriate for a cabinet minister.
It is for one in this government, a government that is steadily normalizing language that delegitimizes any opposition to its actions and dehumanizes its opponents.

This is eliminationism 101 and the time to start getting worried is now.

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