This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Vernacular and official language

The existence of vernacular tongues, which correspond to ‘sub-groups’ within a single ethnic population and enable localities to express themselves in their unique way while still basing themselves off of a single language, is something that is becoming foreign to Western peoples. In the United States, for example, there is almost no such thing. In the interests of compulsory education and the needs of a capitalist labor system, language there has been ‘standardized’ to the highest degree, which is very efficient from a production standpoint, but very inhibiting from the point of view of human expression. In one way this transformation in language could be seen as a greater unity, but in reality it is a result of communities having lost any sort of communal creativity, by which those living near each other bond to develop organically a set of characteristics that is uniquely their own. The ‘need’ for a ‘national language’ that is everywhere precisely the same could only exist where individuals have to suppose that everyone they speak to is equally distant from themselves in thought. No one is ‘close enough’ to use a vernacular, with the single exception in larger cities of African American groups who have indeed developed something like a vernacular of their own. This, however, warrants more clarification which we will not enter into here. Suffice it to say that the elimination of vernacular for the sake of linguistic standardization is another mark of the tendency toward ‘atomized uniformity’ of the modern world, as opposed to the ‘unified diversity’ of the traditional.

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