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.



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Then there arose in the land of the free a new idea, well an old idea resuscitated. An idea that should have been drowned like a misformed kitten. Yet was not.

And out of the soft, out of the complacent, in memory no more, as clock clowns tinker with just how close we are to annihilation, two to twelve, one and a half? Existential accountants seeking annual publicity.

And as we no longer suck in a breath when yet another school shooting pops up on the news feed, so The memory of Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Nevada, Bikini and even mu aroa slides off a cliff as those who lived them take the blast wave, the flash, the radiation and above all, the fallout with them to hades.

Hades and the burning, Dresden, Tokyo, does anyone remember? Does anyone care? Flesh rendered asunder, the screams, the quiet, the blind eye turned. “They started it.”, Poland and Pearl harbour. Of course, the grandmother roasted alive with her pet cat clinging to her, never ordered anyone to bomb anywhere but has paid for those orders, no tip required.

And in the forgetting comes the concept,

comes the conscious self delusion. Maybe, with the right set of circumstances we could, like, maybe, you know, start, win and survive a nuclear war, no! Call it a conflict, a nuclear conflict! Almost cuddly.

A shudder runs through grandmothers and their cats everywhere.

So stand proud people of the world, from Munich all those Olympiads ago to the gassings of Syria, all these will pale before the all conquering atom.

Will the surviving mineshaft dwellers watch “Dr. Stranglove” with a sense of irony? Will they watch it with the knowledge of its prophetic powers? 2001 a misprint of 2100. All hail the mighty Kubrick!

And still there are people, strategic planners, arguing for a first strike on North Korea. “Why, Hell Mr President, while we’re at it, why don’t we fix those damned Iranians?” 

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