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Ignorance is Strength

January 9, 2004

From the Newspeak Dictionary:

crimestop - Orwell's definition: "The faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. In short....protective stupidity."

s/Ingsoc/Neoconservatism/ and you have one of the best explanations of the lowing and yapping of the US pro-war right yet put forward.

(Original quote, of course, from The Theory and Practice of Oligarchal Collectivism, the book within a book in George Orwell's 1984)

Posted by Jonah at January 9, 2004 1:05 PM