Thursday, March 22, 2012

Your Daily Lesson in Doublethink

Start here (h/t RCP).

"Not our program, per se"

Then peep this.

The "readjustment" pertaining to the effects of the stimulus come to mind for some reason. As does the following excerpt:

"Oceanic society rests ultimately on the belief that Big Brother is omnipotent and that the Party is infallible. But since in reality Big Brother is not omnipotent and the Party is not infallible, there is a need for an unwearying, moment to moment flexibility in the treatment of facts. The key word here is blackwhite. Like so many Newspeak words, this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary. This demands a continuous alteration of the past, made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known in Newspeak as doublethink.
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But by far the more important reason for the readjustment if the past is the need to safeguard the infallibility of the Party. It is not merely that speeches, statistics, and records if every kind must be constantly brought up to date in order to show that the predictions of the Party were in all cases right.
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Thus history is continuously rewritten. This day-to-day falsification of the past, carried out by the Ministry of Truth, is as necessary to the stability of the regime as the work of repression and espionage carried out by the Ministry of Love."
George Orwell, 1984

If there is a better description of the behavior of this regime...



ed - couldn't embed for original video at the first link for some reason. Apologies.

2 comments:

W.C. Varones said...

Very pleased to meet you and thanks for the link!

If you're ever out on the southwest corner of the lower 48, please let us know and we'll get our merry band of instigators together to meet you.

Meanwhile, may I commend to you Jr. Deputy Accountant who has relocated from the failed state of California to the Death Star of the Empire, Washington, DC?

drozz said...

thanks for the invite! might just take you guys up on that...

and if y'all ever hit the Baltimore area, you should do the same.

Jr. Deputy Accountant looks interesting. Thanks for the link.