Self-proclaimed Marxists who shout thought terminating cliches like “SEX WORK IS WORK!” as though “work” is a neutral term in a system built on capitalist exploitation of the worker just completely fuck with my head.
Slightly related but I’m really surprised that I never see people talking about thought terminating cliches here, given how much of the Discourse relies on them for its very existence:
“The language of the totalist environment is characterized by the thought-terminating cliché. The most far-reaching and complex of human problems are compressed into brief, highly reductive, definitive-sounding phrases, easily memorized and easily expressed. These become the start and finish of any ideological analysis.” (Robert Jay Lifton)
tagged as #like literally that is 98% of liberalism on this site #there are thousands of posts of just reductive meaningless phrases #in various formatting #over and over again #hell is empty and all the devils do this now