Socialism is not the same thing as authoritarianism.
Marijuana is not a “gateway drug.”
Religion is not the same thing as spirituality.
Gender is not the same thing as sex.
Criticism is not the same thing as hatred.
Strength is not the same thing as cruelty or intimidation.
Money is not the same thing as speech.
Corporations are not people.
Unity is not the same thing as obedience or conformity.
Disagreement is not the same thing as disrespect.
Truth is not the same thing as fact, but it should be at least based on them. If it is not, then it is a lie.
Words are not the same things as their meanings. They are just letters on a page. Humans assign them their meanings. The power-mad, the greedy, the manipulators among us understand this.
When you use words in contexts where you don’t really mean them, or when you use them to mean something other than what they actually mean, that is when they become meaningless, and I can no longer trust anything you say.
The English language is complex. Words have many meanings, both denotative and connotative. When you insist that words mean only one thing – the one connotation that you have in your head – the one connotation you want me to have in my head – you are making them less meaningful. You are denying reality. You are attempting to control meaning, and thus reality. This is fucked up, and I will not stand for it.