To: Retain Mike
RM, Clearly, the mental disorder is a schizophrenia that George Orwell identified as doublethink as described below by Fred Barnes and then by Orwell as written in this book 1984.
We know something about Barack Obama; he can hold two totally contradictory things in this mind at the same time and claim allegiance to both of them. You know we saw it when the D.C. gun ban was over turned and he said he was all for it when ah...but before he had been against ah
before hed been in favor of the band and when most of it was turned over he said he was in favor of that too. --Fred Barnes
In George Orwells novel 1984 Winston Smith the novel's protagonist, described doublethink in this fashion:
To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again: and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself. That was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word 'doublethink' involved the use of doublethink.'
posted on 12/31/2010 10:29:23 AM PST
(The corruption of man, as Emerson wrote, leads to the corruption of language. And the corruption of)
I have only read history since retirement, but my younger son keeps bringing up 1984 in discussions we have and I have not read it since high school. You and my son may soon get me to brake the history habit, if just for a little while.
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