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From What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton:

Okay …

“This is what happens in George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, when a torturer holds up four fingers and delivers electric shocks until his prisoner sees five fingers as ordered. The goal is to make you question logic and reason and to sow mistrust toward exactly the people we need to rely on: our leaders, the press, experts who seek to guide public policy based on evidence, ourselves.”

Why didn’t I ever notice before that the theme of 1984 is that we should “rely on: our leaders” more, that we must not mistrust the press?

Big Sister says: “Rely on our leaders!”

This could make a good SNL skit if they were still in the market for funny stuff about politicians: as part of the healing process, Hillary joins a Chappaqua ladies reading circle, but every single book turns out to be, in her intensely felt interpretations, about herself:

What Heinlein is showing us in Starship Troopers is that if military veterans were the only people allowed to vote, then terrible, trashy, white developers wouldn’t get elected, just selfless, competent women.

 
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Above is from the front page of the Washington Post.

When I was in the market research business back in the last century, the word “demographics” was understood to have a multidimensional meaning. It referred to things like sex, race, religion, age, education level, marital status, income, language, own or rent, and so forth, almost ad infinitum.

I’ve noticed, however, that as part of the Narrowing of the Western Mind, the word “demographics” increasingly means only “age,” and with that the assumption that young is better. Without that intellectual impoverishment of the term “demographics,” the phrase “defuse a demographic time bomb” would strike editors as obviously comic, if not sinister.

Refugee helping host society defuse demographic time bomb at 2013 Boston Marathon (too bad about Martin Richard, age 8, but as Stalin, or maybe The Economist, said: you can’t defuse a demographic time bomb without blowing up a few Little Leaguers)

As Orwell noted in his appendix on Newspeak, the more restricted your conceptual vocabulary, the more preordained your concepts.

 
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