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Friday, January 07, 2005

Collective Nouns

Too often we use terms to describe things that don’t exist.

Terry Graves’s article titled Collective Nouns is an eye-opener.  Even the most ordinary terms may conceal misconceptions or suggest false commonalities. 

Mr. Graves observes, for example, that “the news” is no more than a selection of items that support an editor’s political or social views.  “All the news that’s fit to print” in the opinion of the New York Times editorial board is definitely not all of the news.

The following representative excerpt deals with the artificial abstractions so dear to liberal-socialists like Senator John Kerry :

“The international community” and its mouthpiece, “world opinion,” do not exist. They are concepts without manifestations, phrases used in lieu of logic, evidence, and law by people who in real life have no idea how their next-door neighbors voted in the last election, yet will confidently summarize the opinions and desires of the other three billion on the planet. Community , if the word is to have any meaning in this context, should imply some commonality across borders of interests, values, and culture. These we cannot assume, given the differences in national histories and outward culture. As examples, for the past century most of those nations now touted as our traditional allies have instead been at best our dependents and at worst millstones around the American neck. Of course, such commonalities may still exist elsewhere than among our allies, but at present we have no way of knowing, only of hoping: the international community is no more than a jumble of other countries, nearly all without polls, let alone free speech, press, or elections. Many a so-called nation is really just the private holding of some gang or family, and in the UN?s General Assembly, it is one-thug, one-vote.”