DoubleThink: “The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.” – (1984, by George Orwell)
a) Our Federal Government is broke, inefficient, wasteful, corrupt, dishonest and most often the problem rather than the solution.
b) The Federal government should have control over our health care system in order to fix our problems.
I think we need to brush up on our dystopian novel reading. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, read 1984, by George Orwell. If the reading of 1984 offends your crimethink sensibilities, just run along and tell Big Brother. There may not be hope for you. The rest of us have some work to do.
I don’t say this to be an alarmist about Obama being a communist or anything like that. I say it because I find that most Americans have a total unfamiliarity of the foundational principles that lead to dystopias.
It’s always a bit shocking to me when in conversation or debate people presume the involvement of government in the solution. And any suggestion that the federal government shouldn’t do “x” is synonymous (to them) with you not wanting “x” done at all. It’s sad really. And they can’t imagine life any other way. It’s like a weird case of Stockholm Syndrome.
Dystopian novels are most useful for teaching us the principles in play. If you write them off as only extreme cases of fiction from which we have nothing to learn, you’re missing the point.
These are widely recognized as the top 3:
Anyone else have any thoughts? Recommendations? The only one I’ve read is 1984, but I intend on reading the others soon. I hope many others will, too.