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The media anesthetizes our minds to make us embrace war as freedom and fraud as fact
(I am updating my book The Host and the Parasite to explain the rise of Donald Trump, so I am taking a leave from writing new columns. I hope to be back in a month. This column from 2007 is relevant again as it pertains to Amazon’s Holocaust® investigation book burning and "fake news," which is just a trendy way of labelling propaganda that challenges one’s prejudices. )

In his famous novel 1984, George Orwell introduces us to “Newspeak,” the pseudo-language by which the Ingsoc (English Socialist) government of Oceania, led by Big Brother, sabotages independent thought and imposes a repressive conformity on the public.

“The purpose of Newspeak,” wrote Orwell, “was to make all other modes of thought impossible. It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all, and Oldspeak [standard English] forgotten, a heretical thought… would be literally unthinkable.”

For example, in Newspeak, “liberty and equality,” are reduced to “crimethink”; “free” only has the sense of “without” as in “free from” something; “dissent” is “thoughtcrime.” Syme, a senior editor of the 11th edition of the Newspeak Dictionary proudly describes the purpose behind this linguistic destruction: “The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking—not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”

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