7:00 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry
Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen
The graphic above is one that I created over a year ago when I wrote an article on this same topic titled: ” “Americans need an education in propaganda.”
The language of their communications and the description of their “solutions”–oral and written follows closely that of Newspeak.
Newspeak is a fictional language in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. In the novel, it refers to the deliberately impoverished language promoted by the state. Orwell included an essay about it in an appendix in which the basic principles of the language are explained. Newspeak is closely based on English but has a greatly reduced and simplified vocabulary and grammar. This suits the totalitarian regime of the Party, whose aim is to make any alternative thinking—”thoughtcrime”, or “crimethink” in the newest edition of Newspeak—impossible by removing any words or possible constructs which describe the ideas of freedom, rebellion and so on. One character from the book named Syme speaks admiringly of the shrinking volume of the new dictionary: “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”
The whole purpose of Newspeak is to control thought by controlling language and by reducing all nuances of comparison to simple dichotomies such as pleasure and pain, happiness and sadness, goodthink and crimethink etc.
I’ve been thinking of Newspeak for the past week after reading a few days ago an article about Newt Gingrich using simplified language and speaking in dichotomies of good and evil–reserving, of course the good words for himself and the bad words for any who disagree with him–from President Obama to Mitt Romney. The article also referred to a topic I wrote about over a year ago: a GOPAC memo entitled “Language: A Key Mechanism of Control.” Distributed to GOP candidates across the country, the memo’s list of words for Democrats and words for Republicans was endorsed by Gingrich in a cover letter: “The words in that paper are tested language from a recent series of focus groups where we actually tested ideas and language.” Next time you hear Gingrich complain about media focusing on the negative, refer back to these lists. Why do you think that the right-wing are so bent on English as the only language. It has nothing to do with freedom and patriotism and everything to do with control. Every American should learn at least one other language and speak it 50% of the time if they are interested in protecting democracy.
Today is the anniversary of the day that George Bush sold America’s Soul.
Now this morning I was reminded yet again of this insidious and intentional plot to control the masses by controlling our language and grammar. Andrew Cohen has written an article titled “The Torture Memos, 10 Years Later.”
Today, February 7, 2012 is the tenth anniversary of the day that George W. Bush signed a brief memorandum titled “Humane Treatment of Taliban and al Qaeda Detainees“. The title of the memo was a perfect example of the deep elitist cynicism of George Bush and his administration. The memo had nothing whatsoever to do with humane treatment. Instead the memo authorized and directed the soulless formal abandonment of the USA’s commitment to key provisions of the Geneva Convention.
George Orwell’s 1984 is a dystopian novel about Oceania, a society ruled by the oligarchical dictatorship in the Oceanian province of Airstrip One–a world of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance, and incessant public mind control, accomplished with a political system which is administrated by a privileged Inner Party elite.*
*This description should make the scalps creep on all Americans who are paying even the slightest bit of attention as it so rings familiar as a description of the USA today.
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
You can stop voting for members of either party as both parties represent the same oligarchy.
Vote for Independents. Vote for non-millionaitres. Remove at least 44% of Congress from office in 2012–those would be the multimillionaires who consistently choose their stock portfolios over you year after year.