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According to Jacques Lucan and Ferdinand de Saussure, language (Discourse) is the main force which works behind all kinds of human activities and changes in social fabric, whereas the Modernists attribute discourse to development and progress. Another important function of discourse is to generate and preserve truth as argued by the Postmodernist theories.
This essay, then, is a plea not only for reverence of the language, but also for
speed reduction. Spell out the meaning of acronyms on first reference. Include
modifiers necessary for understanding. Go slower to increase the efficiency of
communication. Rip Van Winkle would thank you.
By Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March
co-authors, Echoes of the Sixties (Billboard Books)
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In this circumstance consists the great advantage of England above any nation at present in the world, or that appears in the records of any story. It is true, the English feel some disadvantages in foreign trade by the high price of labour, which is in part the effect of the riches of their artisans, as well as of the plenty of money: But as foreign trade is not the most material circumstance, it is not to be put in competition with the happiness of so many millions. And if there were no more to endear to them that free government under which they live, this alone were sufficient. The poverty of the common people is a natural, if not an infallible effect of absolute monarchy; though I doubt, whether it be always true, on the other hand, that their riches are an infallible result of liberty. Liberty must be attended with particular accidents, and a certain turn of thinking, in order to produce that effect. Lord Bacon , accounting for the great advantages obtained by the English in their wars with France , ascribes them
As they must show that the madness of love is, indeed, sent by a god to benefit the lover and beloved in order to disprove the preceding speeches, Socrates embarks on a proof of the divine origin of this fourth sort of madness. It is a proof, he says, that will convince "the wise if not the clever". [Note 19]