Introducing Doublespeak Dictionary: Your Guide to the Euphemisms, Dysphemisms, and Other Linguistic Contrivances of the State – by Leslie Starr O’Hara
The Doublespeak Dictionary satirizes the marked difference between the ideal of “We the People” and the reality of “We the Elite”, while offering an insightful glimpse into the clockworks of the totalitarian mind. Ever irreverent but never irrelevant, Leslie Starr O’Hara’s first book serves as a subversive and humorous but timely reminder that the Emperor has no clothes.
Here’s what some luminaries of the libertarian community have been saying about The Doublespeak Dictionary:
This is really a MAGNIFICENT book. I never thought I’d be MESMERIZED by a dictionary. Aren’t they supposed to be BORING? Not so, not so, at least not so for this one. Every entry of O’Hara’s had me at the edge of my seat, yelling (yes, out loud), “Way to go, girl,” “Go get ‘em babe” and other statements not fit for the back cover of a book. My prediction is that this book will give a much needed shot in the arm to one liner comedians, to those who create political buttons, and bumper stickers. Many of her entries are short enough, and pithy enough, for such treatment. Warning: DO NOT read this book on a full stomach! You will be rolling on the floor in laughter. And, as a doctor (they don’t call me Doc Block for nothing), I prescribe against so dangerous a practice. This is really hot stuff. I literally couldn’t put down this book.
-Walter Block, Ph.D., Austrian school economist, anarcho-capitalist-libertarian philosopher, Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Chair in Economics and Professor of Economics at Loyola University New Orleans and Senior Fellow with the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Author of Defending the Undefendable and The Privatization of Roads and Highways.
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