Ronald R. Cherry
Orwellian doublethink and controlled insanity
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By Ronald R. Cherry
March 16, 2015

In order to control millions of people totalitarian or proto-totalitarian governments find it necessary to somehow prod their subjects into accepting that which is not true. Intelligent people will naturally see the truth and thereby comprehend when government lies to them – and so that's the rub – how does totalitarian government deal with intelligent people when they must be lied to? George Orwell provides the answer – intelligent people must be conditioned to reject self-evident truth – to reject the sanity of common sense – to accept the insanity of Orwellian Doublethink – to accept the lie and the truth in their minds simultaneously – "with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth."

How do Dictatorships lie to intelligent people and get away with it? In the early stages of totalitarianism the use of Orwellian Newspeak is preferred to blatant in-your-face lies because Newspeak (otherwise known as Doublespeak) is the clever manipulation of words which mean one thing to the speaker and something very different or it's opposite to the listener, thus one may plant a false idea into another's head by lying to them directly, or by using the tricky technique of Doublespeak. For example a politician utters support for a woman's "right to choose" – Orwellian Doublespeak for supporting a woman's right to kill. Another politician is an advocate of "climate change" – Orwellian Doublespeak for belief in man-caused global warming – and a denial of solar-driven climate change which results in both global warming and global cooling. In the mind of a co-believer the words "climate change" evoke an image of man-made global warming. In the mind of a naive man the words "climate change" evoke an image of the natural changes that occur in weather – both warming and cooling. Mission accomplished – simply by uttering the incantation "climate change" the politician may win the approval of both – each with opposite mental images – one false and one true – hopefully gaining the vote of both. The politician does not advocate natural solar-driven climate change, but the naive man now thinks he does because that is the image painted in his mind by the Orwellian Doublespeak words "climate change." This rhetorical technique is superior (in the wrongful sense) to the direct lie because, at the end of the day, the naive man will possess the same false idea that would occur had the politician lied to him directly – by telling him (the naive man) that he (the politician) believed in natural solar-driven climate change – but with the use of Orwellian Doublespeak there is the advantage of plausible deniability regarding the implantation of a false idea. The naive man may be intelligent enough to figure it all out (that the politician does not advocate natural solar-driven climate change), but the politician hopes the man has been conditioned by Orwellian Doublethink into acceptance of the lie and the truth simultaneously, and still have his vote.

Doublespeak lies tend to confuse or escape the notice of unsuspecting people. For example, government which confiscates middle class property through excessive taxation, while lining their own pockets and redistributing the stolen property to a lazy so-called proletariat class – in return for votes – is government deemed to be a provider of "Equity" and "Social Justice." Never mind that forced equal property outcome destroys the work ethic of both the middle class and the so-called proletariat class leading to economic collapse, and never mind that forced equal property outcome is a big Orwellian lie because, like the Pigs of Animal Farm, the self-serving government class empowered to take (collectivize) the people's property always ends up with the lion's share of the people's property – the worst form of inequity and social injustice. Greed and theft by the people who administer totalitarian government cannot be publically identified as greed and theft, so the injustice is called "Social Justice" – Orwellian Doublespeak for government greed and theft. Another example of Doublespeak is the term "Affirmative Action" – words used to describe the destruction of a student's right to gain graduate school admission based on an out-of-favor ethnic group or skin color – rather than admission based purely on academic achievement and studious preparation – thus "Affirmative Action" is a politically correct Doublespeak term for affirmation of wrong action. We also have the phrase "Living Constitution" – Orwellian Doublespeak for Dead Constitution. The "Living Constitution" is law which is not derived from We the People, law not derived from the American majority, but law arbitrarily derived from a small judicial or administrative minority. The so-called "Living Constitution" does not take its breath of life from the people's amendment process (the real life and breath of our Constitution) but from the minds of a small effete class of "Philosopher Kings." Constitutional law derived exclusively from a small governing minority means the Constitution is living for them – but dead for the rest of us – the opposite of what our Founding Fathers intended.

"Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure... If 'the judiciary is the last resort in relation to the other departments of the government,' ... then indeed is our Constitution a complete felo de so... The Constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they may please ['Living Constitution']." Thomas Jefferson

Doublespeak government lies are cleverly disguised in rhetoric – lies which can be received and accepted by otherwise intelligent people via the insanity of Orwellian Doublethink – a simultaneous and irrational mental acceptance of both the lie and the truth. Taken together, Doublespeak lies of totalitarian government, and Doublethink insanity on the part of their subjects, the rejection of truth within human minds can occur on a colossal scale. Insanity (or psychosis) is the mental state where reality (the truth) cannot be separated from falsehood (the lie). Since totalitarian governments lie to their intelligent subjects using Doublespeak, and since such government requires them to accept the lie and the truth simultaneously via Doublethink (with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth); totalitarian government becomes engaged in the business of "Controlled Insanity."

"Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously [the lie and the truth], and accepting both of them [Insanity]... with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth... Those who have the best knowledge of what is happening are also those who are furthest from seeing the world as it is; in general the greater the understanding the greater the delusion; the more intelligent the less sane... If one is to rule, and to continue ruling, one must be able to dislocate the sense of reality... If human equality is to be forever averted; if the "high," as we have called them, are to keep their places permanently; then the prevailing mental condition must be controlled insanity." George Orwell – 1984

The Lies of totalitarian government must also be accepted by the less intelligent – no problem. George Orwell realized this was a much simpler dilemma to solve. This segment of society can be made to accept "the most flagrant violations of reality" without too much trouble – just expose them to 8-12 years of foolishness in government schools – and simply lie to them – even flagrantly – through an out-of-mainstream mass media – our new versions of Soviet Pravda and Izvestia. Since the out-of-MSM passes along disinformation without question, the lies of a totalitarian government can be taken in and digested by dumbed-down gullible fools. Doublethink insanity is a requirement for the intelligent while the sanity of stupidity is needed for the rest.

"Crimestop...includes the power of not grasping analogies; of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc [Socialist Principles of Oceania], and of being bored or rebelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. Crimestop in short means protective stupidity... The world view of the Party imposed its self most successfully on people incapable of understanding it. They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening. By lack of understanding they remained sane. They simply swallowed everything, and what they swallowed did them no harm because it left no residue behind; just as a grain of corn will pass undigested through the body of a bird." George Orwell – 1984

Totalitarian government can only exist through a clever or blatant use of lies which must be accepted through the controlled insanity of Orwellian Doublethink or the controlled sanity of Crimestop stupidity. Orwell's 1984 character, Julia, an enemy of Big Brother's totalitarian government, "did not feel the abyss opening beneath her feet at the thought of lies becoming truth;" where "the heresy of heresies was common sense." One way free people can remain free is to think – to recognize and accept self-evident truth – to reject the labyrinthine world of Orwellian Doublespeak and Doublethink – to reject the depraved world of Orwellian Crimestop stupidity – to exercise the sanity and intelligence of common sense. Common sense means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously (the truth and the lie), and accepting only the truth... with the truth always one leap ahead of the lie.

© Ronald R. Cherry

 

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Ronald R. Cherry

Ronald R. Cherry, MD, is a board-certified specialist in lung disease who is in the full-time practice of medicine in Sweetwater, Tennessee... (more)

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