Friday, July 15, 2005

More Truth from Krugman

Paul Krugman unveils an important truth in his column today:

What Mr. Rove understood, long before the rest of us, is that we're not living in the America of the past, where even partisans sometimes changed their views when faced with the facts. Instead, we're living in a country in which there is no longer such a thing as nonpolitical truth. In particular, there are now few, if any, limits to what conservative politicians can get away with: the faithful will follow the twists and turns of the party line with a loyalty that would have pleased the Comintern.

Indeed, and it's incredibly creepy to see people one would expect to be reasonably intelligent line up to quack along with the Repug duckspeakers. These are people who are quite ready to agree that if the party says so, two and two do indeed add up to five. When something is proven false - the WMD claims that Dubya used to incite the war against Iraq, for instance - they smoothly transition to the next Admin talking point and doublethink erases the previous one.

Evidently these people don't realize that they're behaving like disciples of Kim Jong Il. Or maybe they do and don't care. Reread Nineteen Eighty-Four, especially the scenes where O'Brien is torturing Winston Smith. There's a lot of truth about the modern Republican party to be found in Orwell's prescient work. Power is what interests them - nothing else.


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