Posted: May 03, 2021 11:16 am
by Tortured_Genius
And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed -if all records told the same tale — then the lie passed into history and became truth. Who controls the past,' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past. And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. 'Reality control', they called it: in Newspeak, 'doublethink'.

(George Orwell, 1984)

Edit: Bloody hell, there are even more apposite quotes one of which slapped me between the eyes:

In a way, the world-view of the Party imposed itself most successfully on people incapable of understanding it. They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening.

It's as if the Republican Party took the book 1984 and used it as a blueprint - but, of course, Orwell was just writing large the playbook of fascists everywhere.