The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #121: Politics and the English Language

General Introduction
– Nathan reports from Orlando
– Finals week
– Who suggested this episode?

Positing the Essay
– Orwell and Huxley
– Early and late career
– Orwell’s unbelievable bibliography
– Politics and “Politics and the English Language”
– Michial calls Animal Farm Animal House, like an idiot
– Orwell the traditionalist
– The double threat
– Removing human agency

Bad Writing
– Meaningless words
– Fascism and democracy
– Orwell’s technological moment
– Rehabilitating words
– Foreign words and phrases
– The dumbing-down of language
– Verbal false limbs and bureaucratic style
– Defending Heidegger

Teaching Orwell
– Orwell’s six rules
– Translating badly
– Danny’s junior politicians
– The ethics of Freshman Composition

Christian Rhetoric
– Religious devil terms
– Our role as a podcast
– Sloppy Evangelical discourse
– Worship music
– Back to authenticity
– Excellence and the university
– Defining social justice
– The Christian blogosphere
– Do we need gatekeepers?

Going Around the Horn
– Thinking is writing
– Nathan gets postcolonial
– Writing and living

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