The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak and the Death of Free Speech

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How do you change the way people think? You start by changing the words they use.

In totalitarian regimes—a.k.a. police states—where conformity and compliance are enforced at the end of a loaded gun, the government dictates what words can and cannot be used. In countries where the police state hides behind a benevolent mask and disguises itself as tolerance, the citizens censor themselves, policing their words and thoughts to conform to the dictates of the mass mind.

Even when the motives behind this rigidly calibrated reorientation of societal language appear well-intentioned—discouraging racism, condemning violence, denouncing discrimination and hatred—inevitably, the end result is the same: intolerance, indoctrination and infantilism.

It’s political correctness disguised as tolerance, civility and love, but what it really amounts to is the chilling of free speech and the demonizing of viewpoints that run counter to the cultural elite.

As a society, we’ve become fearfully polite, careful to avoid offense, and largely unwilling to be labeled intolerant, hateful, closed-minded or any of the other toxic labels that carry a badge of shame today. The result is a nation where no one says what they really think anymore, at least if it runs counter to the prevailing views. Intolerance is the new scarlet letter of our day, a badge to be worn in shame and humiliation, deserving of society’s fear, loathing and utter banishment from society.

For those “haters” who dare to voice a different opinion, retribution is swift: they will be shamed, shouted down, silenced, censored, fired, cast out and generally relegated to the dust heap of ignorant, mean-spirited bullies who are guilty of various “word crimes.”

The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak and the Death of Free Speech
 
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Where we stand now is at the juncture of OldSpeak (where words have meanings, and ideas can be dangerous) and Newspeak (where only that which is “safe” and “accepted” by the majority is permitted). As I document in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the power elite has made their intentions clear: they will pursue and prosecute any and all words, thoughts and expressions that challenge their authority.

This is the final link in the police state chain.

Having been reduced to a cowering citizenry—mute in the face of elected officials who refuse to represent us, helpless in the face of police brutality, powerless in the face of militarized tactics and technology that treat us like enemy combatants on a battlefield, and naked in the face of government surveillance that sees and hears all—we have nowhere left to go. Our backs are to the walls. From this point on, we have only two options: go down fighting, or capitulate and betray our loved ones, our friends and our selves by insisting that, as a brainwashed Winston Smith does at the end of Orwell’s 1984, yes, 2+2 does equal 5.

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While I agree with the sentiment. This is NOT NEW. The Christian right used this same tactic for the first couple of hundred years this country existed. I found it quite ironic they mentioned the scarlet letter !!
 
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While I agree with the sentiment. This is NOT NEW. The Christian right used this same tactic for the first couple of hundred years this country existed. I found it quite ironic they mentioned the scarlet letter !!
How did this so-called Christian Right use this tactic for the "first couple of hundred years" when this so-called Christian Right came here in 1620, this Christian Right fought and won the Revolutionary War, and this Christian Right wrote and ratified the Constitution.

So I am confused as to what tactic the Christian Right has used for the "first couple of hundred years" considering the only tactic used has been changing all of the above through judicial fiat, which is a liberal tactic.
 
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While I agree with the sentiment. This is NOT NEW. The Christian right used this same tactic for the first couple of hundred years this country existed. I found it quite ironic they mentioned the scarlet letter !!
The manipulation of language has been a tactic as long as there has been a state. What I find the most ironic is that the tolerant left has become the most militant voices for the suppression of free speech that I think we have had in this country.

Is that irony?
 
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How did this so-called Christian Right use this tactic for the "first couple of hundred years" when this so-called Christian Right came here in 1620, this Christian Right fought and won the Revolutionary War, and this Christian Right wrote and ratified the Constitution.

So I am confused as to what tactic the Christian Right has used for the "first couple of hundred years" considering the only tactic used has been changing all of the above through judicial fiat, which is a liberal tactic.
You are absolutely correct. I said 200 years when in fact I should have said 400 years !!!

Yup the Christian right came here seeking religious freedom and in the ultimate irony established a society even more oppressive than the one they fled. Turns out when they said religious freedom, they meant ONLY for themselves.

And for the last 400 years the Christian right has ruled with fear and damnation.
 
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You are absolutely correct. I said 200 years when in fact I should have said 400 years !!!

Yup the Christian right came here seeking religious freedom and in the ultimate irony established a society even more oppressive than the one they fled. Turns out when they said religious freedom, they meant ONLY for themselves.

And for the last 400 years the Christian right has ruled with fear and damnation.
I agree w/ you here but they also, in my understanding, recognized that others were entitled to a different perspective hence different states adapted different laws and/or regulations.
 
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The manipulation of language has been a tactic as long as there has been a state. What I find the most ironic is that the tolerant left has become the most militant voices for the suppression of free speech that I think we have had in this country.

Is that irony?
Well, you know what they say about personal opinions.
They are like assholes, everybody has one. *shrug*