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The faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. George Orwell

When we strip away context, we strip away everything that enables us to determine what something really means. Words themselves become decorative — evocative, perhaps, but denuded of their essence. To recapture comprehension, a more classic touch is needed, a detailed picture, with precise strokes and every element fully rendered. There’s a reason the Soviets loved slogans. Don’t Quote Me on This

When progressives on the street whine about the media, or about our “messaging”, or about the “sheeple,” etc., what they’re doing is removing their own agency, and their own responsibility for helping to fix the situation. If we want to raise the minimum wage, the people are with us. But Republicans and some small set of conservative Democrats are standing in the way. The only way to get rid of them is with phone calls and shoe leather. With 2014 elections right around the corner, there’s no time to start like the present. Hullabaloo

Cyberspace, for all its many wonders, nurtures the illusions of personal design and domination within a virtual space that is now doing more to create our memories than real space, the “Great Outdoors” of the world. Cyberspace, in both what it shows and how it shows it, has created a virtual universe uniquely suited to the creation of “true” memories. “All and More, Faster than Before, Larger than Ever” are basic instinctual desires played out now in a cyberspace world in which greater memory capacity, greater speed of delivery, and more choices are desires shared by right and left. The economic system of continued expanded growth made possible by cybertech expansion means greater profits, an ever-increasing Dow Jones. Both left and right are exhilarated by a spectacular jump in the market, as if personal lives of not the Few but the Many were rewarded by this. Both left and right look upon the promising enlargement of cybertech in the same way as the promising enlargement of stock market returns. And because of this complicity, liberals have not front-loaded environmental and sustainable economy issues, leaving the door opened for neoliberals to implant “tree hugger” and yet more Big Brother memories in the American imaginary. The 2014 Elections Have Already Happened

The limits of my language means the limits of my world. Ludwig Wittgenstein

Progressives want to follow the polls … Conservatives don’t follow the polls; they want to change them. Political ground is gained not when you successfully inhabit the middle ground, but when you successfully impose your framing as the ‘common-sense’ position. George Lakoff

Beyond material power, the president has even greater power — cognitive power — and he hasn’t used it much. Cognitive power is the power to put important ideas in people’s minds by shaping public discourse. He has the unique power to change how America thinks simply by discussing crucial ideas over and over. George Lakoff

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