A preliminary glossary of counteraccusations, to fend of accusatory propaganda such as "racist" in situations where it is not warranted, and similar matters. pic.twitter.com/EU4sDFQbvy
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) April 16, 2018
TALEB’S “SHODDY TAGGING PRACTICES”
(from taleb via Moritz Bierling)
The idea is to ﬁnd simple but effective words to counter accusatory propaganda, without having to spent time explaining a point; rather turning the tables by becoming the accuser.
Bigoteering: Originates with Tim Ferris, describes tagging someone (or someone’s opinions) as “racist”, “chauvinist” or something-like-it-ist in situations where these are not warranted.
This is a shoddy manipulation to exploit the stigmas accompanying such labels and force the opponent to spent time and energy explaining “why he/she is not a bigot”.
Example: Both the Kurds who are asking for independence and the Arabs who refuse to grant it accuse one another of “racism”.
Nabothizing: Production of false accusation, just as Jezebel did to dispossess Naboth.
In many legal systems calumnies and false accusation is punished as if the accuser committed the infraction itself.
In combination with bigoteering: such a false accusation of bigotry, particularly if the accuser knows it is not the case, should cause a penalty to the bigoteer as if he/she were bigots.
Note that it was the original meaning of the Greek word sycophant before drifting in the English language.
Pedophrasty : Sensationalism involving children, particularly in pictures, to prop up an argument and make the opponent look like an asshole, as people are defenseless and suspend all skepticism in front of suffering children: nobody has the heart to question the authenticity or source of the reporting.
Can also describe the exploitation of babies by beggars who rent them from their parents.
Partializing [TEMPORARY LABEL]: Exploiting the unsavory attributes of one party in a conﬂict without revealing those of the other party . Example: “He is a dictator”.
The problem can take absurd proportions: in the Syrian War, was used by interventionistas describing the “dictator” without mentioning that his opponents are Al-Qaeda head-cutters.
Apr 16, 2018 1:27pm