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The elimination of multiple, colorful descriptions simplifies interpretation and encloses imagination.  Accurate language expands ideas, while euphemistic descriptions and total distortions eliminate alternative perspective.  When language expands, imagination and creativity do too, when language contracts, so does creative and alternative thinking. 

Such diabolical elimination of language was a major theme in George Orwell’s “1984”.  In the story there is a rapidly shrinking dictionary and proud workers who seek to eliminate words whenever possible.  One can infer from the story that eventually their language might be made up of hundred of so commands and responses.  Language and vocabulary broaden mental horizons and conceptuality, which in turn enables people to better and broaden their real horizons and physicality.     

In the story of “1984” there is the incredibly shrinking dictionary, in reality there are often incredibly restrictive informative authorities that eliminate some phrases and spawn others.  One of the most recent restrictions in language is seen in the labeling of swine flu.  Swine flu is now officially called H1N1 influenza, some suggested the Novel virus, but H1N1 is the official accepted label.  The term swine flu hurt the pork industry so much that they pushed for a name change and got it. 

The fact that the swine industry hurts people more than any label could hurt the swine industry is omitted.  Viruses are complicated, however various scientists have stated that contained animal feeding operations where most pork arrives from, are like incubators for infectious disease.  Waste from factory farms kills people, fish, fauna, and destroys whole environments as a toxic and pathogenic sludge.  Workers at such locations are faced with life threatening conditions, as well as people in communities surrounding such feeding operations.  Such facts are irrelevant; the continuation of the flow of money from pork is the only consideration in the adjustment of language.

Coinciding with the renaming of swine flu was another thought restricting presentation of language.  The problem was the swine flu virus, the solution was anti viral medication available from pharmaceutical manufacturers.  The presentation lacked the notion and information that other anti viral substances exist.  There are many powerful foods for instance with powerful anti viral properties that might also stave off influenza just as effectively as the pharmaceutical concoctions.  Substances with anti viral properties are not limited to tamiflu.

Both the pork industry and the pharmaceutical industry share a common trait aside from often misleading presentation and active restriction of language and creative notions.  Both industries are based on a pyramidal system of distribution, where the few deliver commodity to the many.  Pyramidal corporations seek practical monopolization of their market whether bacon or medicine, seemingly without consideration to the consequences to the majority.

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Such misrepresentation through language and monopolization of manufacturing is akin to the gloomy, yet insightful story of “1984”.  In the story an infrequently used term is coined to describe these conditions; oligarchical collectivism.  This expression doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, and might be considered doublethink at first, but it is not a contradiction in terms.  It is a specific description that sounds like a confusing expression.

An oligarchy is a government or institutional system of the few over the many.  A pyramid or triangle best depicts the oligarchic idea and oil corporations best display oligarchical control, or the similar oil-garchic control.  They extract, refine and deliver a limited resource in oligarchical fashion.  Collectivism is an equal assembly of like formations.  When oligarchic institutions equally assemble, they gather into larger interdependent pyramidal formations.      

Oil corporations not only control a limited resource which is largely replaceable by simple agricultural material, but they also integrate and collectivize other institutions into their system.  Oil corporations are so successful at this integration that the entire world relies on their product.  Oil corporations control the limited resource, accessible in a limited number of areas.  The prevalence of petroleum based energy consumption has made industrial production, agricultural fertilization and entirety dependent exclusively on oil. 

Oil’s prominence and practical monopoly eliminates the notion of alternative facilitation.  Despite the fact that petroleum products are replaceable by quantifiably equal and superior sources, these alternatives are unexplored and mostly unknown.  Because of oil-garchical collectivism, alternatives to petroleum, no matter how traditional or sensible, are left unconsidered.  Oil itself is a euphemism, describing a product from olives and Exxon.  Alternatives to “conventional” industrial, agricultural, economical concepts are ignored and belittled.

Accurate and institutionally inconsiderate descriptions like swine flu and oligarchical collectivism are shunned and belittled by institutions where presentation is more important than getting at the truth, no matter the description.  When institutions are concerned about maintaining the status quo, as opposed to developing the truth, labels and names are changed, euphemisms are developed and words are eliminated.          

The creation of multiple and colorful descriptions enables wide interpretation, hopefully inspires communication and ultimately contributes to accurate conclusion.  Oligarchical collectivism is an arrangement of pyramidal institutions.  All oligarchic institutions restrict and distort information with as little as wording and as much as total elimination of alternative.

No matter what anybody else tells you, words and ideas can change the world.

~Robin Williams in the film “Dead Poets Society”
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About Ethan Indigo Smith:

Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Guided by a keen sense of integrity and humanity, Ethan's work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humor.

The events of September 11, 2001 inspired him to write his first book, The Complete Patriot's Guide to Oligarchical Collectivism, an insightful exploration of history, philosophy and contemporary politics. His more recent publications include:

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Would it be that we could find the words to touch ... by Jeffrey Rock on Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 11:54:59 PM