From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: RE: (urth) Let a thousand averns bloom! Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2002 15:35:05 -0700 Rostrum asks: > One point that might be crucial: is the Ascian language scheme a plot to > keep the people in line, or is it genuine zeal for the Group of 17 run > amok? Dan'l's example was of a ferverent Maoist quoting Mao in every > situation. And remember that story I sited a few months back of the > Muslim woman who was said to have communicated exclusively with quotations > from the Quran for decades? In the case of my acquaintances in 70's Berkeley, well, no; it wasn't just "zeal," it was political correctness in its original, non-ironic sense. These people were quite capable of saying "he's not politically correct" as a complete and utter condemnation of a person's opinions; their use of Mao quotes was an assurance that what followed was correct. Now, as to the Moslem woman ... that's an interesting case; I suspect it of being a case of deliberately self-applied thought control. I could be wrong though. It's happened before. 8*) --Blattid --