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Glossary of Terms


allegory - figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.

fable
- a short tale to teach a moral lesson, often with animals or inanimate objects as characters.

rhetoric -
the strategic use of communication, oral or written, to achieve specifiable goals; the ability to use language effectively to persuade through use of exaggeration or display.

persuasion - the act of persuading or seeking to persuade.

peer pressure
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social pressure by members of one's peer group to take a certain action, adopt certain values, or otherwise conform in order to be accepted.

propaganda
- information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.

comrade
a person who shares in one's activities, occupation, etc.; companion, associate, or friend.
Also refers to "
a member of the Communist party or someone with strongly leftist views."

oppression -
the state of being kept down by unjust use of force or authority.

rebellion - resistance to or defiance of any authority, control, or tradition.

tactics -
a plan for attaining a particular goal.

tyranny -
oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler.

totalitarianism - a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)

socialism - (1)
an economic system based on state or community ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc. (2) In Marxist theory, the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.

communism -
a form of socialism that abolishes private ownership; a theory or system of social organization based on the holding of all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state.
*In practice, communism is often a totalitarian system of government.

Animalism -
the fictional economic or political ideology in George Orwell's novel Animal Farm which starts with the the idea that "all animals are equal" or "four legs good, two legs bad."  It's pro-animal rights, or in other words. rights of the working class. 
*Animalism is an allegorical mirror of the Soviet Union, and represents communism.
Note: dictionary defines "animalism" as
the theory that human beings are purely animal in nature and lacking a spiritual nature. Interesting...