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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Should we abandon our "mother-tongue"?, Part 2

Is English still the language of imperialism -- (or of the American Empire?)

As in capitalism’s seed of destruction, in any language there is the seed of its own imperialistic tendencies. We must look at the long-term impact of the use of the English language in the teaching of Mathematics and Science.Language, as linguistic anthropologists would agree, is not only a mirror of reality but also shapes consciousness and installs ideologies.

The Hindu-Buddhist languages of Sanskrit and Pali did it to Southeast Asia. The Arabic language did it to the Islamic world. All institutions we see around us are built out of the transplantation of concepts. And now this language of Celtic-Germanic origin called English is advancing the “civilising and consuming mission” of the postmodern Anglo-American Empire.Some language will teach us to be more spiritual, some will train us to be more technical, and some will educate us to be good consumers in the global capitalist market.

Language policies produces the homo economicus (the economic human being) who then produce ideologies that then produce institutions of knowledge/power that will then inscribe better institutions of mind control and ultimately rob humanity of its freedom.

From logos become flesh become machines in the landscape of humanity.

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