Deep in the bowels of the Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith toiled away editing the past to bring it up to date with the current Party line. The Party sees all and knows all. Any deviant thought will be expunged from society and, along with it, the deviant thinker. Newspeak, the language designed by the Inner Party, was constructed to render all thoughtcrime impossible by steadily reducing the number of words in the language and declaring arbitrary meanings for any words it chose. Thereby, thoughtcrime, that is, all independent thought, even consciousness itself, would be rendered impossible.
Beginning to sound familiar? That’s right, it’s the behavior of the PC crowd, the cadres of the Thought Police, who today form the body of the Party and attempt to force, cajole, intimidate, threaten and browbeat all and sundry who actually believe there is an objective reality and words do not have arbitrary meanings.
Not only is this carried on by the political arm of the Establishment Party, but its malign influence has poisoned our educational system and made most of our universities organs of PC propaganda, particularly in the joke departments such as sociology and most of the “liberal arts” as it used to be known. For those of you who feel that you are failing to keep up and particularly for young students desperate not to transgress the Party line and not compromise their cultural Marxist integrity, I present a modest example of some Oldspeak translations of common words of our evolving Newspeak:
1. Nuance. As in “a more nuanced foreign policy” from Swift Boat Kerry, the current Secretary of State. It used to mean a fine distinction or shade of meaning, but now it means “I don’t have to explain anything as you rubes are too dumb to understand it.” The results of this type of foreign policy are usually military defeats or political disasters.
2. Misspoke. As when Mrs Bill Clinton “misspoke” when she said that she wanted to see all coal miners lose their jobs. And then denied it. In Oldspeak, this is “lie”. Remember this next time she gives one of her “misspeeches”. The word is frequently used by talking heads on NBC, ABC, the Clinton News Network and other Party organs to signify obeisance to the Party by protecting the reputation of Comradess Clinton.
3. Media analyst. Talking heads on TV political shows who take remarks by any conservative politician out of context to imply that the opposite meaning was intended.
4. Narrative. As in “the President’s message was consistent with his current narrative on the crime issue”. An example of a narrative might be “Islam is a religion of peace” or “the racial disparities in law enforcement” or a generally accepted and promulgated lie amplified by the media analysts and other toadies of the Party line. Almost always something in direct contradiction to the facts.
5. Divisive. As in “Donald Trump’s speech was divisive”. That is, he drew attention to some relevant facts that the Party would prefer to be undiscussed and kept hidden, such as real crime statistics, Mrs Bill Clinton’s aversion to truth, Islamic terrorist violence etc. Also, a difference of opinion between free citizens.
More to come, but I have to leave for a weekend in the country with powerful guns and glorious patriotic singing. Stay tuned.