It’s easier to pull one over on people if you use—and it becomes generally accepted—sloppy, imprecise language. From Eric Peters on a guest post at theburningplatform.com:
You have probably heard someone refer – accurately – to government (rather than public) schools.
We need more such clarity.
More such honesty.
It deprives them – authoritarian collectivists – of the moral sanction they must have in order to keep otherwise decent people in thrall to them. To prevent criticism or even questioning of authoritarian collectivism by preventing any meaningful conversation about it. They use words to shut you up. To get you to accept the terms of the debate before there is a debate. So that there is no debate.
“Public” – schools or otherwise – is a shyster term. Purposely dishonest. The “public” – who is that, exactly? – owns absolutely nothing. Physical property is always – must be – owned by specific living, actual people. And ownership is defined by which living, specific people control the property.
Do you control the – not your – local “public” school? Can you enter at will? Or must you obtain permission? Are you free to use it as you like? Or are you told how you may use it? Do you have any meaningful control over the teachers – or what is taught? Can you fire a teacher? Adjust the curricula an iota?
Tear off the euphemism Band Aid; let’s get to the suppurating sore underneath and have a look.
A government school is controlled by the people who work for the government. Who constitute the government, by dint of having the power to exercise control over other people and other things.
To continue reading: It’s not “Public” . . . and the “Mainstream” Media Isn’t