This is a reference point for words often used in discussions that so many dummies are misusing or simply don’t understand. In time, I will be adding more definitions.
Absolutism: the acceptance of or belief in absolute principles in political, philosophical, ethical, or theological matters.
Accusation: a charge or claim that someone has done something illegal or wrong.
Ad Hominem: (of an argument or reaction) directed against a person rather than the position they are maintaining.
Apology Scale: a rating scale of apologies. See the scale here.
Authoritarian: favoring or enforcing strict obedience to authority, especially that of the government, at the expense of personal freedom.
Autocracy: a system of government by one person with absolute power.
Bastardize: change (something) in such a way as to lower its quality or value, typically by adding new elements.
Bigot: a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions.
NOTE: The Oxford recently change their definition for the word bigot to..
“a person who is obstinately or unreasonably attached to a belief, opinion, or faction, especially one who is prejudiced against or antagonistic toward a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular group.”
Bully: seek to harm, intimidate, or coerce (someone perceived as vulnerable).
Censorship: is the direct act of suppression or prohibition by any person, institution, or government where the results of that action prevents all or any part of someone’s words from being heard, seen, or read.
Civility: politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech.
Communism: a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.
Communist: a person who supports or believes in the principles of communism.
Critical Thinking: the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment.
Decency: behavior that conforms to accepted standards of morality or respectability.
Defamation: the action of damaging the good reputation of someone; slander or libel.
Democracy: a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.
Desecrate: to treat (a sacred place or thing) with violent disrespect; violate.
Dictatorial: of or typical of a ruler with total power.
Discrimination: the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.
Double Standard: a rule or principle which is unfairly applied in different ways to different people or groups.
Evil: profoundly immoral and wicked.
Fact: a thing that is known or proved to be true.
False: not according with truth or fact; incorrect.
Fascism: is a form of far-right, authoritarian ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, and strong regimentation of society and of the economy.
Golden Rule: the principle of treating others as one’s self would wish to be treated.
Hate: feel intense or passionate dislike for someone or something.
Hate Speech: abusive or threatening speech or writing that expresses prejudice against a particular group, especially on the basis of race, religion, politics or sexual orientation.
Hive Mind: a collective consciousness, analogous to the behavior of social insects, in which a group of people become aware of their commonality and think and act as a community, sharing their knowledge, thoughts, and resources: the global hive mind that has emerged with sites like Twitter and Facebook.
Human Respect: a regard for the opinions or esteem of others.
Intimidation: the action of intimidating someone, or the state of being intimidated.
Libel: a published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation; a written defamation.
Lie: to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive.
Logic: reasoning conducted or assessed according to strict principles of validity.
Magical Thinking: is thinking that when you think a thought, any thought, then that thought is correct and should be presented as truth.
Magical Thinking – Hive: is thinking that if a person can find something (anything) in print, digital, or video that agrees with their own magical thinking, then their magical thinking should be considered absolute fact.
Nationalism: identification with one’s own nation and support for its interests.
Nazi: a member of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.
Prejudice: preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.
Race Baiting: unfair claims of racism used to shut down the free speech from opposition.
Racism: prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.
Racist: a person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or who believes that a particular race is superior to another.
Rationalization: the action of attempting to explain or justify behavior or an attitude with logical reasons, even if these are not appropriate. See this listing of Unethical Rationalizations and Misconceptions.
Reality: the world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.
Regimentation: is very strict control over the way a group of people behave or the way something is done. Democracy is incompatible with excessive regimentation of social life.
Representative Democracy: is a type of democracy founded on the principle of elected officials representing a group of people, as opposed to direct democracy.
Slander: the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation.
Smear: damage the reputation of (someone) by false accusations; slander.
Social Democracy: a socialist system of government achieved by democratic means. a progressive evolution of capitalism will gradually result in the evolution of capitalist economy into socialist economy
Socialism: a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole. In Marxist theory; a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of Communism.
Stupid: Having or showing a great lack of intelligence or common sense.
Suppression: the action of suppressing something such as an activity or publication.
Totalitarian: relating to a system of government that is centralized and dictatorial and requires complete subservience to the state.
Totalitarian democracy: a form of electocracy in which lawfully elected representatives maintain the integrity of a nation state whose citizens, while granted the right to vote, have little or no participation in the decision-making process of the government.
True: in accordance with fact or reality.
Truth: the quality or state of being true.
Ultranationalism: extreme nationalism that promotes the interests of one state especially to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations.
Violence: behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something.
Virtue Signaling: the action or practice of publicly expressing opinions or sentiments intended to demonstrate one’s good character or the moral correctness of one’s position on a particular issue.
White Supremacy: the belief that white people are superior to those of all other races, especially the black race, and should therefore dominate society.
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