George Orwell

Double Plus Good/Bad

Is it me or has anyone else noticed the pattern in Trump’s speeches?

The excessive use of very, as in : “Very, very bad.” And you just read that in his voice, didn’t you?

It took me awhile, seven months into his presidency, to find the link to this language usage. Thank the deity of your choice for Eric Blair, writing under the pen name of George Orwell.

Trump’s speech patterns reminds me of an evolutionary first step towards Newspeak.

I see the juvenile use of words like: “good” and “bad” combined with the double use of “very” as a step towards the “double plus good.” and “double plus bad.” of Newspeak.

The problem then, is the continuing infantilising of debate, of language. This then destroys words through lack of use. So instead of “excellent”, we hear “very, very good.” Perhaps more importantly “very, very bad.” instead of “atrocious”. Atrocious seems an appropriate word for many things at present.

So it starts of with infantile language by choice and becomes 1984‘s Newspeak where words are obliterated from publication, where the thoughts associated with those words no longer arise for they cannot be named.

Newspeak was insufficient of itself to change everyone’s thinking. Humans being such a troublesome species. To back that up in 1984 were the Thought Police and the Ministry of Love.

Now imagine a situation where a current leader managed to not only infantilise discussion but also had access to, I don’t know, say, the NSA and its ability to record everything. It seems to me a short step from a Republic to pseudo-Republic.

As Augustus made elections irrelevant for Romans, he upgraded the wooden voting stalls to marble and allowed shopping to carry on in that precinct. The practice of voting still carried on with no meaning, in reality, and you could shop in a “very, very, lovely” space.

Who knows what version of this awaits the twenty first century?

The language is the clue, there is more afoot than I can discern but I will discuss with you as the connections come to mind.