Friday, November 21, 2008

"Morning Cup of Orwell..."

H/T: Fountainheadzero

Here's a beautiful little rant I ran across earlier today. This comes from KNAB over at Point vs. Counterpoint:

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

On Freedom

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.

On Power

Liberal: a power worshiper without power.

So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot.

On Revolution

One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.

On War

War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism.

Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.

The quickest way to end a war is to lose it.

On Truth

Political chaos is connected with the decay of language... one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.

In our time political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.

The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.

We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.

There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.

What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?

The Catholic and the Communist are alike in assuming that an opponent cannot be both honest and intelligent.

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

On Equality

No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer.

On Happiness

Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.

On Progress

(Mankind) is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell.

Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

Absolutely perfect. If you still think we're exaggerating, check out Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President. You just can't make this stuff up, folks.

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