AND SCIENCE Fake news, free speech and Facebook
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 ‘
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