When Parsons announces this rumor Winston Smith in 1984, he neatly illustrates the Orwellian concept of Newspeak. Later that day Smith’s work at the Ministry of Records requires him to edit past editions of the news so that the “current” ration becomes 20 grammes rather than the real ration of 30 grammes.
When the official news announces at the communal meal that the ration is “going up” to 25 grammes, everyone applauds.
Republican policymakers have learned that lesson quite well.
- Herman “999” Cain compares Social Security to slavery.
- Cain also proposes “opportunity zones” to ‘protect’ the poor from his 999 plan by removing minimum wage requirements and the right to unionize.
- Rick “Frothy Mix” Santorum wants everyone to know the “dangers of contraception”
- Michele Bachmann warns of the coming “global caliphate“.
The secret here is to take a grain of truth, spin an elaborate lie about, say it often enough to make a talking point out of it, and then it takes on a “truth” of its own.