30 June 2010

It Looks Like I'm Not The Only One Who Read 1984 In School

I wondered how the Democrats would reconcile their past lambasting of General Petraeus with their current desire that he save their bacon.

PJM: Oceania Has Never Been at War with General Petraeus

Ah, sweet, sweet doublethink:

To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink.

Hence the Party’s perpetuity: "for the secret of rulership is to combine a belief in one’s own infallibility with the power to learn from past mistakes . . . The prevailing mental condition must be controlled insanity".

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