The Doublespeak Dictionary

Doublespeak Dictionary

For those watching the election results tonight in what could be a very long night here is some reading material for you to help you understand political ‘newspeak’.

By James Corbett

Doublespeak is the art of hiding a grisly truth inside a pretty (or at least emotionally neutral) figure of speech. “Enemy combatant.” “Extraordinary rendition.” “Weapons of mass destruction.” In the modern political era, and especially since 9/11, we have become used to the most outrageous euphemisms, self-contradictions and plain old lies. More than that, they have become part of our everyday lives to the point where we often use them ourselves without even thinking through their meaning.

With every doublespeak word there is an intended meaning – what we are supposed to think of when we hear the phrase – and an actual meaning – the grim truth that the phrase covers up. By simply questioning some of these terms we can start to see through the Matrix-like web constructed for us by the politicians and their cohorts in the bought-and-paid for media to the stark reality that lies right in front of our face. Or, to borrow an analogy from another Hollywood movie that is a perfect allegory of our times (They Live), by putting on the glasses we can see through the flowery rhetoric and jargon-laced distractions of the advertisements, political speeches and news reports we’re constantly subjected to and see the real messages that underlie them.

With this in mind, I present to you the beginnings of a Doublespeak dictionary. This is a partial list, of course, but hopefully this will get you thinking about the words that are used to describe our world, and how they help to keep us from discovering what’s really happening.


Intended meaning: Person whose position commands respect and whose pronouncements are to be taken as self-evidently correct.

Actual meaning: Someone who is to be obeyed unquestioningly at all times and in all situations. Authorities are meant to be contrasted with ordinary citizens (or better yet, “taxpayers”), who are supposed to defer to said authorities in all cases. Whenever there is a conflict between the word of a taxpayer and that of an authority (for example, when a peace officer is accused of brutality or unlawful arrest) the authorities‘ account is always to be taken as the correct one. Anyone who fails to act in the exact manner prescribed by an authority in any given situation is wrong by definition and deserves whatever punishment is meted out.

See also: Official, leader, representative


Intended meaning: The modification of living organisms by scientific processes for the benefit of humankind.

Actual meaning: The use of technology to tamper with the genomes of plants and animals in order to create hybrid monstrosities for the benefit of well-connected corporations like Monsanto, Syngenta, Cargill and other seed monopolists. Funded and promoted by the Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and other billionaires (who also happen to be heavy investors in the Svalbard doomsday seed vault project), GMOs and other examples of biotech are supposed to reduce farmers’ reliance on pesticides, increase crop yields, and create foods that are perfectly safe for humans to consume. In reality, GMOs increase reliance on pesticides, produce no gain in crop yields, and are consistently shown in independent testing to have disastrous health consequences including increased cancer rates and sterility. They are, however, perfect for helping a very few companies to concentrate more and more of the world’s food supply in the hands of fewer and fewer individuals, and have so far been spectacularly successful in accomplishing that very goal.

See also: Genetic engineering

“Jobless recovery”

Intended meaning: An economic rebound after a period of hardship in which corporations have managed to increase efficiency through down-sizing and thus require fewer workers.

Actual meaning: An ongoing economic crisis where little has changed but bottom lines in corporate profits and government-manipulated economic indicators. For the average worker who has just lost their job or whose house has been foreclosed on, nothing at all may have changed in their circumstances or in the prospects of them regaining employment, but they may take heart from knowing that the authorities are proclaiming an economic recovery and that the GDP is climbing.

See also: Green shoots


Intended meaning: The end of war; worldwide cooperation; goodwill amongst all.

Actual meaning: The end of opposition to globalism, banksterism and outright tyranny. This is why the idea of peace has been consistently linked to the idea of one world government, including the League of Nations and the United Nations, but implicitly with the other organizations (the WTO, the IMF and World Bank, the BIS, etc.) that expose that world government as the unaccountable tyranny that it is. When a member of the would-be “elite” utters the phrase, be sure to keep in mind that their version of peace looks more like Brave New World than the ending of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

See also: Nobel Peace Prize

“Quantitative Easing”

Intended meaning: A sensible stimulus measure undertaken by central banking authorities to increase the money supply by buying government securities.

Actual meaning: The deliberate debasement of a currency by turning on the printing press. This measure is especially handy when the international community is in a coordinated race to the bottom by way of a covert currency war that is being ignored by the financial talking heads.

See also: Debt monetization, Hyperinflation, Operation Twist


Intended meaning: Equilibrium; living in balance with nature; replacing what is used; etc.

Actual meaning: A two-tier system of brutal, enforced austerity for the masses and opulence for the ruling elite. This system (referred to as “post-industrial society” in official documents) entails the belief that humanity is a cancer on the planet and must be kept in check or else the world will be destroyed. Anything that can be blamed on the day to day activities of humans (especially the myth that carbon dioxide is driving climate change) is emphasized, while true, systemic threats to the future of life on the planet (genetic engineering, geoengineering, nuclear disasters) are ignored completely. Ironically, the true, underlying meaning of sustainable living – being financially self-sufficient, prepared for emergencies, and in good stead with your neighbors – is looked upon as aberrant.

See also: Population control, Global warming, Peak oil


Intended meaning: Anyone using violence and terror to achieve a political goal.

Actual meaning: Anyone using violence and terror to achieve a political goal other than that which is desired by the banksters and their political and corporate associates. Thus, Al Qaeda (to the extent that it is not in itself a fictional organization created in a New York courtroom for the purpose of trying Osama Bin Laden in absentia for the African embassy bombings under RICO laws, bolstered by media reporting on its supposed structure and activities) is a terrorist organization when it is operating contrary to presumed US interests (e.g. opposing the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq), but a group of “freedom fighters” when it is working for US interests (e.g. in the overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya or Assad in Syria). In the case of anyone unlucky enough to be killed by Hellfire missiles launched from Predator drones during illegal US drone strikes in areas of Pakistan, Yemen, or anywhere else in the world, they too will automatically and retroactively be classified as terrorists by virtue of having interfered with American military ordinates. By this definition it can also apply to anyone who has ever (or could ever) harbor any opposition to the goals of the ruling class, which is why wearing blue jeans, paying for coffee with cash, smiling, quoting the constitution, voting for third-party political candidates and carrying a driver’s license have all been proposed as potential signs of terrorism in official documents from various US government agencies in the past 10 years.

See also: Enemy combatant, insurgent

“Unfunded liabilities”

Intended meaning: A government program which does not yet have funds apportioned to meet its expected obligations.

Actual meaning: A scheme by a power-hungry politician to gain / retain a political office by selling the voters a pipe dream program which is backed up solely by the promise of the debt slavery of subsequent generations yet unborn.

See also: Social security, Medicare

“Weapons of Mass Destruction”

Intended meaning: A device of such destructive power that the mere existence of it is a danger to humanity and the possession of it is in itself a crime.

Actual meaning: Such a device in the hands of an enemy. In the hands of an ally, these devices are suddenly not an imminent danger to the planet and their possession is perfectly justifiable. This applies equally to biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, which provide suitable reason for enemy nations to be invaded and occupied (Iraq’s chemical weapons, Iran’s potential nuclear weapons). When in American hands, for example, they are only for defensive purposes (America’s anthrax and biological weapons stockpile, Israel’s undeclared and uninspected stockpile of nuclear arms). In cases where the use of prohibited weapons by an ally state is confirmed and documented (white phosphorous in Fallujah or in Gaza, for instance), use of such weapon is in fact perfectly reasonable and nothing to get upset about.

See also: Red line, Smoking gun


What government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms, and killing people. It’s not good at much else.

from John Prince
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5 Responses to The Doublespeak Dictionary

  1. The Doomsayer says:

    “Liberty is lost through complacency and a subservient mindset.”
    Posted by John on 11/5/12
    These words will never ring truer & more to the point in what is happening here right now.

    Now in the spirit of Doublespeak, let’s look at a word relevant to our situation today.

    In the past, there has been mention of a so-called “watchlist” maintained by the Municipality and/or the council. Let’s take a look at definitions & criteria for one of those.
    The following is taken from the on-line Collins dictionary.
    Definitions: Watchlist
    1. a list of things to be monitored, esp in order to prevent loss, damage, etc
    2. a list of people or organizations to be kept under surveillance, esp because they are suspected of wrongdoing ⇒ terrorist watchlist

    If we continue with the example of a terrorist watchlist, we can look at this from the FBI.
    The following is taken from
    Who gets included in the TSDB?
    Only individuals who are known or reasonably suspected to be or have been engaged in conduct constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to terrorism are included in the TSDB.
    Can I find out if I am in the TSDB?
    The TSC cannot reveal whether a particular person is in the TSDB. The TSDB remains an effective tool in the government’s counterterrorism efforts because its contents are not disclosed. If TSC revealed who was in the TSDB, terrorist organizations would be able to circumvent the purpose of the terrorist watchlist by determining in advance which of their members are likely to be questioned or detained.

    Interesting, Yes?

    So now we come to the questions which without a doubt are many.
    What are the Municipalities criteria for the watch list?
    Who makes the determination to place a person on the list?
    Is the determination made by the council as a whole or a specific person?
    Who oversees the decision made to place a person on the list?
    Is there an appeal process if you are determined to be on the list?

    The questions could go on for pages but you get the idea. The reality is that the reason you get placed on the list could vary from a simple anti-council comment to actual physical community protests (i.e. placard waving in front of the municipal offices). Now the watchlists may also be multiples. Mention has been made of some 200 plus homes being scrutinized, another watchlist? What else is being watched & listed?

    Now let’s continue to the scary part. What are the penalties? Mention has been made in the past by the mayor and/or the council that by-laws are being reworked & updated. I have not been able to discover what by-laws & to what extent they are being reworked. Isn’t it interesting that our fancy new by-law officers are essentially sitting on their hands, reason given is that they are “learning their jobs”. What are they waiting for, the by-laws to pushed through during another closed session council meeting so they can start playing enforcer? Is the dismissal of individuals & boards the first step to singular council control with the by-law officers as the iron fist?

    We have to start getting some answers to the hidden works of our council, it is essential to our survival. We are presently questioning some of their exposed workings, what else has been going on that is still hidden? I may be pushing a doomsday scenario, but remember this. A long time ago, a man & his cronies were full of smiles while touting the good of the people & pushing for the modernization of their country. All the while they were gathering information, plying a secret agenda & making lists. When the trains began to roll, the lists were exposed & the ovens began to burn, it was too late.

    Step up, people, demand an open council, demand answers so we don’t walk down the path to destruction! It is the complacent & accepting members of our community that will cost us our way of life.

    Remember, Big Brother is Watching!! Do we want to lose our freedom?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I remember shortly after 9/11 reading an online news story (CNN? FOX?) mentioning Chechen “freedom fighters”, as they were called during the “cold war”.

    I checked the article a few hours later and “freedom fighters” had been replaced by “terrorists”. Apparently, some reporter was not up to date on the current official government propaganda line.

  3. Anonymous says:

    FOIP Frequently Asked Questions for Municipalities

    66. What is a “personal information bank” (a PIB)?
    • Section 87.1(5) of the FOIP Act contains the definition of a PIB. Basically it is any collection of personal information where information about an individual can be found using the individual’s name or an unique identifier, such as social insurance number, client number or employee number.
    • Municipalities are required to have a list of their PIBs available at their offices, and provide it to the public upon request.

    That means you don’t have to pay $25 for a FOIP request.

    This should include the “Watch List”.

    I have asked for this by email to with no reply for three weeks. I have asked in person at the office but they didn’t know anything about it.

    Some municipalities have the PIB list on their websites.

  4. The Doomsayer says:

    The problem with all the legalize of the regulations & acts is that they only apply if the municipality actually complies with them. As long as the information remains as informal “notes” & is never actually entered into an official database, a PIB is never created. Therefore, a FOIP is totally useless, it never applies to unofficial (informal notes) information. The lists exist, you only have to know who to talk to, informally, of course.

  5. Anonymous says:


    They have stated that the “Watch List” exists in front of many witnesses. It’s a FOIP offence to withhold or destroy info. Reading some of the FOIP Commissioners’ decisions, they don’t like BS.

    So maybe it’s worth a $25 shot. I think the $25 lets me ask for more than thing – I could also ask for the minutes of the Evaluation Committee referred to in the Crowsnest Centre RFP, or the minutes of the meeting that approved the Strategic Plan, or the minutes of the meeting where spending on RRD2012 was authorized.

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