From Mr. James Fallows in the Atlantic:"Reality is inside the skull. You will learn by degrees, Winston. There is nothing that we could not do. Invisibility, levitation -- anything. I could float off this floor like a soap bubble if I wish to. I do not wish to, because the Party does not wish it. You must get rid of those 19th century ideas about the laws of Nature. We make the laws of Nature."
-- O'Brien, 1984
‘There’s No Such Thing Anymore, Unfortunately, as Facts’
This morning, straight off the plane from Shanghai, I was on The Diane Rehm Show with Margaret Sullivan, much-missed former Public Editor of the NYT who is now with the WaPo, and Glenn Thrush of Politico. We were talking about how to deal with the unprecedented phenomenon that is Donald Trump, related to the “Trump’s Lies” item I did two days ago.
You can listen to the whole segment here, but I direct your attention to the part starting at time 14:40. That is when Scottie Nell Hughes, Trump stalwart, joins the show to assert that “this is all a matter of opinion” and “there are no such things as facts.”
You can listen again starting at around time 18:30, when I point out one of the specific, small lies of the Trump campaign—that the NFL had joined him in complaining about debate dates, which the NFL immediately denied—and Hughes says: Well, this is also just a matter of opinion...
It should come as absolutely no surprise that the sheer administrative burden of denying each of Donald Trump's hundreds of individual lies should quickly become unsustainable, especially for the bottom-feeders, halfwits and other human flotsam who have sold their soul for a place of privilege at his royal court.
And so, rather than having to spend valuable gibberish polishing each Trumpian turd one at time like some peasant, the new masters of the universe are discovering that a simple, blanket denial of reality itself -- the oldest tool of every petty tyrant in history -- is really the easiest and most efficient way of dealing with the torrent of bullshit that will be coming from Il Douche for the next four years.
As I wrote back in September. once you start to notice that a depressingly large number of our fellow citizens have become reprogrammable Orwellian meat-puppets, the rise of Trump is not hard to understand at all.