Lies, Distortions and Doublethink in the Wall Street Journal, Jan 17, 2017

doublethink: the ability to hold two contradictory opinions at the same time about the same question, remaining untroubled by the contradiction and expressing one opinion or the other as the convenience of the Party requires it. It is defined in Part II, Chapter IX of 1984, in the extract from “the Book” written supposedly by the Party heretic Goldstein. It enables Party members to constantly deceive themselves and others while at the same time remaining convinced that everything they say — even when it is contradictory — is the exact truth. For instance, the Party defies every principle that originally defined socialism, but still maintains that it upholds the only true socialism. Doublethink allows Party members to be fighting one enemy on Monday and another on Tuesday, but to believe and proclaim that their enemy of Tuesday has been their enemy not only on Monday but for all time — and to switch back again on Wednesday without any qualms. It is an enormously flexible system of rearranging reality to avoid contradictions, its main weakness being the tendency it has to detach its practitioners from concrete reality. “The greater the understanding, the greater the delusion.”


Roe v. Wade has corrupted American politics because it enshrined the personal preferences of unelected justices into law, by-passing the will of the people and the democratic process. Those who do not believe in the sanctity of life are the real extremists. Human rights are best preserved by taking away women’s reproductive rights?

Payday lenders wouldn’t make risky loans if it didn’t make good business sense–there is no need for government regulation of that industry. Should we just leave to to the Darwinism of the free market to pick winners and losers?

Liberal animal rights groups destroyed the Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey circus with frivolous lawsuits.

The Obama administration was the most scandalous in US history. Just think: Hillary’s e-mails, Benghazi, the IRS, Operation Fast and Furious,  hacking and data breaches, the continued deterioration of the VA, Solyndra, Bowe Bergdahl, executive orders, etc. Even though no one has even been charged with any crimes in these cases, they still are called scandalous?

The best way to reign in the Chinese is to challenge the “one China” policy. Antagonizing China is the best path to containment?

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