Welcome to another edition of 1984: A Dystopian Bedtime Story, where I read Part 1, Chapter 3 of George Orwell's Nineteen-Eight-Four for your listening pleasure.
When we last left Winston he was stowing away his illicit notebook and ink pen, will he be brave enough to stray from the party rule again, or choose the safety of falling in line instead?
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The Mottos of the INGSOC party give us a window into the political indoctrination campaign that was Orwell's 'doublethink.'
It's the experience of holding two competing beliefs in your mind and accepting both, choosing to ignore reality and arrest the case, with no need for wrestling with cognitive dissonance.
Each of the three tenets was an oxymoron, the comrades conditioned to square them away in their minds unflinchingly as they harboured the threat of thought crimes punishable by vapourisation in the balance.
Quote from Nineteen-Eighty-Four that explains 'doublethink':
'To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary.'
Another weapon in the party's manipulation arsenal was 'Newspeak,' Oceania's controlled propaganda language. As a listener to the audiobook not visualising the singular 's,' you could reasonably assume it was spelt 'News' speak.
This constraining dialect had a conflicting verbose yet truncated style with simplified grammar, working to deny articulate reflection and subversive or autonomous thought.
Could such manipulative schemes be attainable in our world, and were they already being wielded against us?
Take the Ponzi scheme that is our banking system as an example: Our financial institutions have been allowed to trap us in the vulnerable position we now find ourselves in due to their fractional reserve policies.
When only ten percent of deposits are available for clients to draw on at any given moment, as the banks riskily play with the remaining 90% free from accountability or oversight by its depositors, all it takes is risky investment coupled with a rising interest rate for things to implode. The point is: Our unreserved trust afforded to such reckless and brazen behaviour by the Central Banks is doublethink.
Okay, now let's do the inclusivity agenda. Western civilisation is incessantly mandated to be more all-inclusive via media, education, and government outlets. Although we insist on tolerance of diversity in religion and ethnicity, even conformance to unscientific gender ideology, Christians, Conservatives, or white people are deterred and sometimes eliminated from the public square. Regressive and vengeful though this might be, it's also classic doublethink.
Confusion is a tool of the tyrants who instill discontent, insecurity, and hopelessness; all leading to apathy, the state of mind where people are easiest to control. That was the case in 1984, and it's the case now in 2023.
Can you think of an example of 'doublethink' or 'newspeak' within OUR society? At this stage of the globalist takeover there may be too many to count.