1984

VDH describes Newspeak (wikipedia) as it is being promulgated today by those he calls Enemies of Language.

Throughout history, revolutionaries of all stripes have warped the meaning of words to subvert reality.

And now here we go again, with another effort — spearheaded by the media and universities — to use any linguistic means necessary to achieve political ends.

To prevent this endless cycle of corrupting words, members of the media and academia should act as our linguistic guardians. Instead, for short-term political gain, they have abandoned their professional responsibilities to become our worst subverters of language.

re wikipedia: “According to Orwell, “the purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of IngSoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible.”

The problem might be that George Orwell is one of those dead white males and 1984 [was] considered classic western culture literature. That rather condemns his work as a proper subject of study in modern academic studies. “The left-wing manifestos of Eldridge Cleaver or Malcolm X seem to have priorities for teaching these days. The actual reality of the human condition seems to be the last thing to worry about.

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