The "Woke" movement moves through linguistic manipulations. One of the most common types of manipulation is the application of a specific but seemingly benign term that will be worked into policy and then be made actionable with a specialized meaning once it's too late to easily change it. Charles Pincourt refers to this approach as the "reverse motte-and-bailey Trojan Horse" rhetorical maneuver, in fact, in his admirable new volume Counter-Wokecraft. A term that fits the activist bill for the agenda of the Identity Marxism movement we're currently being attacked by is "historically marginalized" or "historically oppressed" group. In fact, this term is very insidious for a very simple reason: historical status is permanent. It does not change. Even if some historically oppressed group becomes absolutely and tyrannically dominant in society, it is still historically oppressed. Therefore, absolutely no policy that provides special treatment or that erects double standards should include the nice-sounding euphemistic phrasing "historically oppressed" or "historically marginalized" groups. In this episode of James Lindsay OnlySubs, my subscribers-only podcast, I try to shed some light on this specific manipulation in the hopes that people will become more aware and able to identify and resist these manipulations when and where they arise.
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