Orwellian Doublethink and Controlled Insanity

Friday, May 6, 2011
By Paul Martin

Ronald Cherry, MD

n order to control millions of people totalitarian governments find it necessary to somehow prod their subjects into accepting that which is not true. Intelligent people will naturally see the truth and thereby comprehend when government lies to them – and so that’s the rub – how does totalitarian government deal with intelligent people when they must be lied to? George Orwell provides the answer – intelligent people must be conditioned to reject self-evident truth – to reject the sanity of common sense – to accept the insanity of Orwellian Doublethink – to accept the lie and the truth in their minds simultaneously – “with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.”

How do Dictatorships lie to intelligent people and get away with it? In the early stages of totalitarianism the use of Orwellian Newspeak is preferred to blatant in-your-face lies because Newspeak is the clever manipulation of words which mean one thing to the speaker and it’s opposite to the listener – Newspeak lies thereby tend to confuse or escape the notice of unsuspecting people. For example, government which confiscates middle class property through excessive taxation, while lining their own pockets and redistributing the stolen property to a lazy so-called proletariat class in return for votes, is government deemed to be a provider of “Equity” and “Social Justice.” Never mind that equal property outcome destroys the work ethic of both the middle class and the proletariat class leading to economic collapse, and never mind that equal property outcome is a big Orwellian lie because, like the Pigs of Animal Farm, the elite government class empowered to take property ends up with the lion’s share of property. Greed and theft by the people who administer totalitarian government cannot be publically identified as greed and theft, so the injustice is called “Social Justice” – Orwellian Newspeak for government greed and theft. Another example are the Newspeak words “Affirmative Action” – words used to describe the destruction of a student’s right to gain graduate school admission based on an out-of-favor ethnic group or skin color – rather than admission based purely on academic achievement and studious preparation. We also have the phrase “Living Constitution” – Orwellian Newspeak for Dead Constitution. The “Living Constitution” is law which is not derived from We the People, law not derived from the majority, but law arbitrarily derived from a small minority. The “Living Constitution” does not take its breath of life from the amendment process (the real life and breath of our Constitution) but from the minds of an effete class of “Philosopher Kings.”

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