There are those who say the language of communism is false. This is not so. Its names and slogans are completely, nakedly honest if only you know how to translate them. And the way you do that is to put them in a mirror and read them backwards.
The ruling party here is called the People’s Movement for Justice and Democracy.
People’s = not for the people, not even for the people in the party, just for the president. The whole party is about this one person because he’s more specialer than you. Got it?
Justice = no justice. Laws are made up on the run, their interpretation is capricious, and the official court system plays second fiddle to the whims of the Boss.
Democracy = no elections allowed, ever. Even politely suggesting we should have one will get you disappeared because the only reason you’d dare suggest such a thing is that you’re a traitor and a spy from Hated Neighbouring Country.
The hilarious slogan posted on the PMJD headquarters is ‘Victory to the Masses.’ Again, this means the opposite: ‘Victory to the Boss, defeat to everyone else. They get enslaved, jailed, tortured, murdered and are not even allowed to flee the country. The Boss, his generals and their families meanwhile get to do whatever they want.’
A local school is emblazoned with the words, ‘Development through Resilience.’ This means, ‘We have to put up with a whole lot of shit and nothing ever gets any better.’
Place names are also a dead giveaway. The longer a country’s name, the worse it is. The Republic of Congo is probably not great. The People’s Democratic Republic of Congo is clearly going to be worse. If there were ever a country named The Most Excellent, Very Fair and Democratic, Perfectly Free and Just, Lovely and Safe, Friendly, Clever and Also Quite Pleasant Smelling Republic of Congo, you would know what to expect.
Theodore Dalrymple has a theory that autocratic governments don’t want you to believe their absurd lies. They force you to repeat them as a form of humiliation and torture, in order to rub in your face your total subjugation. Does the Boss here really want anyone to think he’s for democracy and justice? No. All these words are just ways of reminding you how powerless you are, and how even the truth can’t set you free.
Thank God my ancestors slayed all their tyrants. If any new ones should rise in the west it is our obligation to ourselves and to our progeny to do the same. Remember: tyrants look best without their heads. And also remember: foreign tyrants are someone else’s problem.