Some words from Eduardo Galeano

Today, there are certain things one can’t say in the face of public opinion:

* capitalism wears the stage name “market economy”
* imperialism is called “globalization”
* the victims of imperialism are called “developing countries,” much as a dwarf might be called a “child”
* opportunism is called “pragmatism”
* treason is called “realism”
* poor people are called “low-income people”
* the expulsion of poor children from the school system is measured by the ” dropout rate”
* the right of bosses to lay off workers with neither severance nor explanation is called “a flexible labor market”
* official rhetoric acknowledges women’s rights among those of “minorities,” as if the masculine half of humanity were the majority
* instead of military dictatorship, people say “process”
* torture is called “illegal compulsion” or “physical and psychological pressure”
* when thieves belong to a good family they’re “kleptomaniacs”
* the looting of the public treasury by corrupt politicians answers to the name of “illicit enrichment”
* ” accidents” are what they call crimes committed by cars
* for the blind, they say “the unseeing”
* a black man is “a man of color”
* where it says “long and difficult illness,” it means cancer or AIDS
* “sudden illness” means heart attack
* people annihilated in military operations aren’t dead: those killed in battle are “casualties,” and civilians who get it are “collateral damage”
* in 1995, when France set off nuclear tests in the South Pacific, the French ambassador to New Zealand declared, “I don’t like that word ‘bomb.’ They aren’t bombs. They’re exploding artifacts”
* “Getting Along” is what they call some of the death squads that operate under military protection in Colombia
* “Dignity” was what the Chilean dictatorship called one of its concentration camps, while “Liberty” was the largest jail of the Uruguayan dictatorship
* “Peace and Justice” is the name of the paramilitary group that in 1997 shot forty-five peasants, nearly all of them women and children, in the back as they prayed in the town church in Acteal, Chiapas, Mexico.
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