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Myrtleford Times - - North East Regional Extra - WITH CHRIS FEBVRE,

IN WHAT can only be de­scribed as a stun­ning level of ‘dou­ble­think’, Hil­lary Clin­ton has rad­i­cally mis­in­ter­preted the mes­sage be­hind George Or­well’s clas­sic novel ‘1984’. In her re­cent best­selling mem­oir

the for­mer U.S. pres­i­den­tial can­di­date opined that the take­away mes­sage of the dystopian sci­ence-fic­tion novel was that the pub­lic should place its faith in lead­ers, the press, and ex­perts.

“At­tempt­ing to de­fine re­al­ity is a core fea­ture of au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism. This is what the Sovi­ets did when they erased po­lit­i­cal dis­si­dents from his­tor­i­cal pho­tos,” said Clin­ton.

“This is what hap­pens in George Or­well’s clas­sic novel

when a tor­turer holds up four fin­gers and de­liv­ers elec­tric shocks un­til his pris­oner sees five fin­gers as or­dered.”

“The goal is to make you ques­tion logic and rea­son and to sow mis­trust to­ward ex­actly the peo­ple we need to rely on: our lead­ers, the press, ex­perts who seek to guide pub­lic pol­icy based on ev­i­dence, our­selves.”

She then goes on to point the prover­bial non-ex­is­tent fifth fin­ger squarely at her po­lit­i­cal op­po­nent, cur­rent U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, claim­ing that his ad­min­is­tra­tion is in fact the real-life per­son­i­fi­ca­tion of Or­well’s au­thor­i­tar­ian night­mare regime ‘Big Brother’.

Or per­haps she meant Trump was Win­ston Smith, the sym­pa­thetic pro­tag­o­nist in ‘

NEM CRE­ATIVE DE­SIGNER cfeb­vre@ne­me­

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