"Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs
in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them."
by:
George Orwell
[Eric Arthur Blair] (1903-1950) British author
Source:
his book, '1984'
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Only an educated open mind is capable of this but it is true.
 -- Me Again     
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    Yep. Ernest Hollings - "We need to raise taxes to generate enough money to get this economy back on track!" is an example of Doublethink. Unless of course he believed that a downward spiral was the track he wanted to be on.
     -- warren, olalthe     
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    So is Reaganomics.
     -- Anonymous     
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    Ok, we'll go with that. The focus here is "belief". Reality, absolute truth and knowledge (if you will, an epistemology of sorts) are something all together different. The scripture James 1:8 comes to mind: "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." Those ever learning while stuck in philosophy (there being no absolutes or answers) lose an understanding that truth exists. (-; A progressive's conundrum, speaking out of both sides of their mouth so they can never be wrong ;-) Also, Einstein's statement on insanity comes to mind in an Orwell kind of way; "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    Orwell made good sense in his writings.
     -- cal, Lewisville, Texas     
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    Anti-Catholicism, The Church of England did Orwell no good, Threskeia religious practices instilling doubt and double mindedness. Luke warm at best, and of no value to Liberty and Freedom. Revelation 3:13,14,15,16 " He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.( the Spirit of truth ). And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew the out of my mouth." With that said, the progressive democratic socialist mindset with their neglect and disregard for the individual sovereign has destroyed their cities and hope of the poor and needy they have created.
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    Quote, before even reading source, prompted recollection of The Red Queen in "Alice in Wonderland" Lewis Carroll 1865.

    Not meant in any way to diminish G. Orwell.
     -- Cantankerous Curmudgeon, Nashua     
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    If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit... ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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