HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Latest Breaking News (Forum) » 'I am the Chosen One,' Tr... » Reply #39

Response to Newest Reality (Reply #38)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 11:23 PM

39. doublethink - in practice

"In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. The mixture in itself was remarkable enough, because it spelled the end of the illusion that gullibility was a weakness of unsuspecting primitive souls and cynicism the vice of superior and refined minds. Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow. The totalitarian mass leaders based their propaganda on the correct psychological assumption that, under such conditions, one could make people believe the most fantastic statements one day, and trust that if the next day they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism; instead of deserting the leaders who had lied to them, they would protest that they had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness."

Hannah Arendt
The Origins of Totalitarianism

Reply to this post

Back to OP Alert abuse Link to post in-thread

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 46 replies Author Time Post
crazytown Aug 2019 OP
DBoon Aug 2019 #1
Scurrilous Aug 2019 #2
Bob Loblaw Aug 2019 #25
MontanaMama Aug 2019 #3
Blue Owl Aug 2019 #4
NoMoreRepugs Aug 2019 #5
djacq Aug 2019 #6
htuttle Aug 2019 #7
smb Aug 2019 #8
William Seger Aug 2019 #9
rurallib Aug 2019 #12
RockRaven Aug 2019 #10
riversedge Aug 2019 #11
xxqqqzme Aug 2019 #46
MBS Aug 2019 #13
PandoraAwakened Aug 2019 #14
Historic NY Aug 2019 #15
Mz Pip Aug 2019 #16
Ramsey Barner Aug 2019 #17
Newest Reality Aug 2019 #27
crazytown Aug 2019 #35
Newest Reality Aug 2019 #36
crazytown Aug 2019 #37
Newest Reality Aug 2019 #38
LineLineLineLineLineLineLineNew Reply doublethink - in practice
crazytown Aug 2019 #39
Newest Reality Aug 2019 #40
crazytown Aug 2019 #41
Newest Reality Aug 2019 #42
crazytown Aug 2019 #43
Wash. state Desk Jet Aug 2019 #18
Grokenstein Aug 2019 #19
Firestorm49 Aug 2019 #20
ffr Aug 2019 #21
gldstwmn Aug 2019 #30
FreeLookMode Aug 2019 #22
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Aug 2019 #23
Sugar Smack Aug 2019 #24
Bob Loblaw Aug 2019 #26
Kid Berwyn Aug 2019 #28
gldstwmn Aug 2019 #29
BHDem53 Aug 2019 #31
yardwork Aug 2019 #32
MustLoveBeagles Aug 2019 #34
MustLoveBeagles Aug 2019 #33
rockfordfile Aug 2019 #44
Nitram Aug 2019 #45
Please login to view edit histories.