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Translators' Glossary Key terms for translators and interpreters
Government A government is a monopoly on the use of force within a given geographic area. There are no exceptions to this definition, nor is it dependent on what sort of policies or laws the government seeks to enforce. The function of a legitimate government is to defend the rights and freedom of its citizens, whereas the function of a looter kleptocracy is to reduce its subjects to slavery.
Rights A right is a moral claim to freedom of action. If you have a right to work, for instance, that means it is good, fitting and proper for you to do your job, and bad, wrong, evil for someone to use force to stop you from earning a living.
Freedom Freedom, in a political context, means freedom from coercion.
Ethics Ethics is a code of values to guide your choices and actions. In order for values to exist at all, some fundamental standard of value must first be defined.
Law Every law is an offer to have people killed. It is surprising to hear it put that way, but that is the reason law enforcement personnel carry guns. Laws can be good or bad. Proper laws serve to prohibit theft, fraud and violence, plus their logical derivatives such as extortion and slavery. Improper laws are those used to coerce and rob legally disarmed victims.
politician Almost invariably some predator who first paid a bribe to obtain a license to practice law. The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed--and hence clamorous to be led to safety--by an endless series of hobgoblins. Listen to H.L. Mencken's explanation.
Altruism Altruism is the notion that other people, and not yourself, should be your primary concern. It was promulgated by organized mysticism and served as the ethical standard for every bloody dictatorship the world has ever known.
Plutocrats Businesspeople who depend on government subsidies and contracts.
Principles Principles are the guiding ideas by which one organizes one's life. For instance, American philosopher Ayn Rand taught:
1. That man must choose his values and actions by reason;
2. That the individual has a right to exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing self to others nor others to self; and
3. That no one has the right to seek values from others by physical force, or impose ideas on others by physical force.
"just anyone" An imaginary bogeyman more competent than the person to whom the rhetorical question is addressed: i.e. "You wouldn't want  just anyone to be allowed to __________ [job title or activity] would you?" The question begs an automatic "of course not" rather than an answer based on informed analysis. Inserting such variables as "be a hairdresser," "practice law" or "practice medicine" got us our present health care and legislative situations. The next time a bridge collapses, remember that it wasn't designed by "just anyone." The engineers licensed by law to produce the disaster got their work permits from dolts legally licensed to practice law--and hence run for office and "practice law" on you.
LEP Lobbyist term for persons to be exploited--as beggars in a leper-colony--for alms or looter legislation. (See Atlas Shrugged for examples).
licensing A form of racketeering in which part of your income is diverted into protection money. It differs from ordinary racketeering in that it is practiced by the Political State, whose politicians "shall not be questioned" or indicted for crimes committed within their chambers surrounded by bodyguards. Bribes (called fees) replace ordinary protection money, and the victim is often forced to go to distant places and listen to "ethics" lectures (see above) by either 1. unmarketable wannabees or 2. corporate flacks.
professional development As used by political lobbyists, the term refers to the status of cheap, outsourced contract labor with no insurance or benefits whatsoever, purchaseable through payments to political lobbies, government rackets, union goons or quickie diploma mills. A language degree from an accredited 4-year university does not qualify.
"the" profession An expression used by parasites to drive a conceptual wedge between individuals competent to earn a living as translators and their right to work. The term is variously used by diploma mills, jackbooted minions, corporate conglomerates or fanatical populist union goons to clothe in an aura of mystical reverence their plans to use coercion to extort money from you for the privilege of being allowed to do your job... er... excuse me... exercise "their" profession.
coercion Also called "nonconsent" in regulatory circles, coercion is the act of threatening someone with harmful or deadly force to get them to obey or comply. Coercion is held to be the panacea capable of solving all problems in the revealed ideologies of populist faith, which include socialism (both national and international) in all of its comuno-fascist variants.
quotes He that will nor reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; and he that dares not reason is a slave. --Sir W. Drummond
Whatever forces a certain number of students to any college or university, independent of the merit or reputation of the teachers, tends more or less to diminish the necessity of that merit or reputation. --Adam Smith.
We are, therefore, forced to the melancholy conclusion, that the Mexican people have acquiesced in the destruction of their liberty, and the substitution therfor of a military government; that they are unfit to be free, and incapable of self government. --Texas Declaration of Independence.
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