Wednesday, January 05, 2011

The Elite In Retreat

Can't say I'm as worried as this guy by the whole nudge thing, and not becuase I don't agree that it is plenty Orwellian. Try this quote for nudge in a nutshell:
By 2050—earlier, probably—all real knowledge of Oldspeak will have disappeared. The whole literature of the past will have been destroyed. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron—they'll exist only in Newspeak versions, not merely changed into something different, but actually contradictory of what they used to be. Even the literature of the Party will change. Even the slogans will change. How could you have a slogan like "freedom is slavery" when the concept of freedom has been abolished? The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking—not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness

True, on paper, a state pouring resources into attempted mind control is a terrifying prospect, but in reality..... Charlie Gilmour!

Seriously, check out one of the flagship ideas: musical steps. Run to the hills everybody!

Of course, none of this is to minimise the danger, but it's not all bad news. After 13 years of frontal attack, these people are now admitting that they can't win in the marketplace of ideas and have to lie about what they believe. It's just further proof that liberalism can only ever advance by force or fraud.

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