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5.0 out of 5 stars A very important book, 4 Mar. 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Tyranny of Words. I'm new to the semantic discipline but I have learned a lot from Mr Chase. This book will teach you how to deal with words such as 'Racist' 'Love' 'Beautiful' 'Freedom' 'Equality' and other common catchphrases, and how they have no meaning unless those words have verifiable evidence both parties can agree upon. It starts to turn you into a more critical thinker. You'll start to see how people become manipulated by politicians and people who consider themselves intelligent. It's about getting people to define what they mean instead of taking short cuts which others interpret in to other meanings. So the next time you hear someone using political rhetoric you ask them to define what they mean, most people won't know what they mean.

And a quote from the book which I just think is awesome:

"People are not "dumb" because they lack mental equipment; they are dumb because they lack an adequate method for the use of that equipment. Those intellectuals whose pastime is to sit on high fences and deplore the innate stupidity of the herd are on a very shaky fence.

Often, if they but knew it, they are more confused than the man on the street, for they deal in loftier abstractions. When I hear a man say, "We never can get anywhere because the masses are so stupid," I know that I am in the presence of a mythmaker, caught on his high perch behind the bars of a verbal prison.-" pg. 28-29

Another thing I'd like to add. Half way through the book Chase starts to argue that state economic planning is progress and uses quotes from people who oppose this way of thinking as a demonstration in to meaningless words and rhetoric. I couldn't help but notice this bias in examples, he does touch upon Marx being influenced by philosophers who believed in all sorts of myths and the impact this has on Marx's credibility, but in the end praises Marx.

The first half of the book deals with a science of communication, then later you'll notice this shift in to state economic planning and his praising of 'The New Deal'(which prolonged the great depression), and if you've studied behavioral science and understand the influence money has on human behavior you'll realize the monetary and political system ,whether socialist of free enterprise, is responsible for most harmful behavior we have today.
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