The Thought Police

The Left has gotten some people to believe some ridiculous things, including many fallacies like the Russia collusion hoax, and that men can have babies. They’ll believe these things despite all reason and logic. What’s this purpose of them promoting falsehood? How do they perpetuate such beliefs? Orwell had some ideas and wrote them into his novel, 1984.

“A party member is expected to have no private emotions and no respites from enthusiasm. He is supposed to live in a continuous frenzy of hatred of foreign enemies and internal traitors, triumph over victories, and self-abasement before the power and wisdom of the Party. The discontents produced by his bare, unsatisfying life are deliberately turned outwards and dissipated by such devices as the Two Minutes Hate, and the speculations which might possibly induce a skeptical or rebellious attitude are killed in advance by his early acquired inner discipline. The fist and simplest stage in the discipline, which can be taught even to young children, is called in Newspeak, crimestop. Crimestop means 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. Crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity. But stupidity is not enough.” –George Orwell, the novel 1984

Name the issue, and anyone who’s been paying attention to the culture the last few years can tell you what the approved narrative is. If you need help, the media will help you. Approved narratives are reported as straight news, unapproved narratives are labeled “extremist” or “conspiracy theory”. If an action in question would be inherently bad for you, society, the economy, or both, it is probably approved by the Left. If it would have gone against the average person’s moral instincts five to ten years ago today, but is being advocated for now, it is most certainly coming from the Left. If you speak out against it, you are labeled as an extremist, fascist, racist, or some sort of “-ist”. (But never communist or socialist.)

Being exposed as supporting the wrong viewpoint in today’s world, you can be cancelled; any trace of you on the media platform will be erased. You will be unpersoned. In the real world, you may lose your right to banking, free-speech, or job. In Orwell’s world of Oceania, the cancel culture was a little more formalized and permanent. Instead of losing your job for wrongthink or thought crime, you’d lose your freedom, sanity, then your life. Thier surveillance state in 1984 was slightly more advanced than ours, though ours is rapidly catching up. It enabled them to detect deviant, anti-party behavior as soon as it manifested itself. That would trigger increased scrutiny. If it advanced to the point of being displayed in public, the perpetrator would be imprisoned, and eventually killed. Not just killed, but all traces of you would be erased. People would quickly learn not to oppose the ever-changing Big Brother narrative. They were conditioned though fear, and the knowledge they were monitored constantly to intuit wrongthink and stifle such thoughts before they emerged. This is what Ingsoc called “crimestop“. People were trained to self-cancel any independent part of their psyche. Our society has not gotten to this extreme…yet, but we’re hurdling toward it, driven by the same sort of craven people who make up Ingsoc’s Inner Party in the novel 1984. Thanks to Orwell we know the game, now it’s up to us to resist, and ultimately end it.

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