I’ve decided that today my task is a simple one — to pass on some historically relished behavioral hints to the 2016 Republican Party. I have no doubt that they will find many of the hints useful, also some perhaps already tried and tested. Nevertheless, I do feel it is my duty to spread the word, so to speak, in case some of the current GOP office-seekers (those born after, say, 1946) might find something new and enabling.
So to Republicans everywhere: read this carefully, commit it to memory, and let it serve you well!
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face . . . forever.
The process [of mass-media deception] has to be conscious, or it would not be carried out with sufficient precision, but it also has to be unconscious, or it would bring with it a feeling of falsity and hence of guilt. . . . To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, 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.
The essence of oligarchical rule is not father-to-son inheritance, but the persistence of a certain world-view and a certain way of life . . . A ruling group is a ruling group so long as it can nominate its successors . . . . Who wields power is not important, provided that the hierarchical structure remains always the same.
The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power.
Power is not a means; it is an end.
One does not establish a dictatorship to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.
The object of persecution, is persecution. The object of torture, is torture. The object of power . . . . is power.
Political language . . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.
Always create an external enemy so that you may take away rights from within, to take more control of your nation.
The fact is that every war suffers a kind of progressive degradation with every month that it continues, because such things as individual liberty and a truthful press are simply not compatible with military efficiency.
All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia. When the general atmosphere is bad, language must suffer.
Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage–torture, the use of hostages, forced labor, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians–which does not change its moral color when it is committed by ‘our’ side.
And remember always:
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
And so wrote George Orwell, both in his book 1984, and elsewhere. Meanwhile, the GOP creeps ever closer to the mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia that long ago became their destiny.
They catch on fast!