It’s been 12 years since we last updated “The DFL Dictionary” – the official guide to translating from “leftist” to English.
And in today’s politics, that’s a couple of eternities, pureed to a fine sheen.
Looking back at the Second Edition, last updated in 2009, it almost looks like a trip back to a more innocent time, doesn’t it? Like an archaeological artifact when it seems like the languages were just a difference in argot, rather than rapidly diverging dialects of English?
It’s high time for an update.
I’ve got my suggestions. I welcome yours in the comments.
My Proposed Additions
Cancel Culture: It doesn’t exist, and never existed. And if you suggest otherwise, a mob will come after you, your employer and your family, as a consequence for saying things that aren’t and were never true.
Gender: (Noun) A social construct that is simultaneously dispositive on Intersectional matters, and doesn’t exist.
Hate: (noun). Any political thought that isn’t covered in the Democratic platform at the appropriate level of government.
Orwell, George: A British author who, despite his decades of activism on the left, and his own admissions, really wrote 1984 and Animal Farm about Republicans. Not leftists. Nosireebob.
Privilege: A set of class entitlements that one invokes in an argument against someone else to pre-empt them doing the same with your own class entitlements.
Racism: Systemic power. Not classism – no way, no how. And it has nothing to do with hating someone for having a different ethnicity.
Woke: The acceptable substitute for critical thought.