Orwell revisited

“The first and simplest stage in the discipline, which can be taught even to young children, is called, in Newspeak, crimestop. Crimestop means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. Crimestop , in short, means protective stupidity.”

Dang, but he’s good! This comes from a description of “Doublespeak”, taken from Goldstein’s forbidden book, which Winston is reading when he is arrested.

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