Friday, 11 November 2005
The Daily Howler, a media-analysis web site, is one of my favorites. Yesterday, they remarked that "pseudo-cons" offer the "dumbest possible pitches" while their supposed opponents "pretend not to notice". The Howler gave its favorite example: "When we lower the tax rates, we bring in more revenue".
Yes, I do vaguely recall early instruction which touched on this. It was something along the lines of: I have four apples. I take one away. Now how many apples do I have?
During Bush's first term I heard the word Orwellian a lot. This is understandable since the current administration's philosophies and policies are so sympathetic to those of the rulers in Nineteen Eighty-Four. I haven't heard it much lately, though.
This observation about taxes suggests an addition to Nineteen Eighty-Four's well known precepts of doublethink.
It's worth remembering that math is well within the jurisdiction of the dictators in Nineteen Eighty-Four. In the horrific climax of that novel Winston Smith is forced to recognize that 2 and 2 make 5.