Tuesday, October 21, 2008

THE PROFANITY OF CASINO CAPITALISM

Progressive Review - While we're cleaning up the mess that banks, hedge funds, MBAs and assorted corporations have made of our country, it would be worthwhile to clean up their language as well. Words open a window on our souls and if we keep using the airport bookstore argot foisted on us by the casino capitalist class, we will easily drift back into their evil ways. For starters here are a few of the words that should now be considered the political and economic equivalent of blasphemy and profanity:

Marketplace
Out of the box
Proactive
Leverage
Mandate
Entrepreneur
Robust
Transformation
Collaborative
Benchmark
Strategic partner
Price point
Policies and procedures
Partner with us
Prioritize
Strategic planning
Bring to the table
Resolve the issue
Business model, models
Teamwork, team building, or team player
Best practices
Free market
Synergy
Due diligence
Win win
Skill set
World class
Cutting edge
Support services
Mission statement
Reinvented
Visioning
Manage up
Monitoring the situation
On the same page
On message
We're number one
Ownership society

9 Comments:

At October 21, 2008 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shit article.

Sorry

 
At October 21, 2008 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shit article.

Sorry

 
At October 21, 2008 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shit article.

Sorry

 
At October 21, 2008 5:38 PM, Anonymous HPRancher said...

It's only a shit article if these suggestions would leave you with no vocabulary.

That's Sam's point. These terms have become so ubiquitous in our society that most folks use them without realizing their origin or the fact that just because the terms sound sophisticated does not make them magically empowering.

The Corporate Way of Life is only great if you are at the top of a corporation. I haven't seen a dramatic rise in the quality of public organizations (e.g. school districts) that have adopted Corporate-style structure and operations.

All I hear from my kids' school district (A self-described "Professional Learning Community" with a mission statement) is how there isn't enough in the budget to do anything like provide pencils, paper, or Kleenex. The students spend the majority of their time preparing for standardized testing (to secure funding) and participating in fund-raising activities. Learning at school has become a secondary activity, and it shows. The teachers are frustrated, the students get short weight, and society suffers.

 
At October 21, 2008 11:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent article. These words and phrases are the lexicon of the half-educated buffoons who have hijacked our institutions, both public and private. They make up for their lack of real intelligence and real education by cunning, unrestrained egotism and greed.

 
At October 22, 2008 8:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have failed to prioritize correctly, so we suffer horribly, so we should just get rid of the word prioritize??

Makes no sense to me!

PRIORITIZE ECONOMIC JUSTICE and banish INEQUALITY! WIN-WIN-WIN!

 
At October 22, 2008 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prioritize isn't even a legitimate word to begin with. If you to have to cling to one of these meaningless phrases, that's about the worst choice you could make.

 
At October 22, 2008 12:35 PM, Blogger Dave said...

You forgot the one word that excuses many corporate abuses of their people

resource

If you think of people as a "resource" you treat them as totally fungible.

 
At October 22, 2008 10:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 11:06 is wrong.

PrioritizeThisWord

 

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