The term “thought crime” was popularized in the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, wherein thought crime is “the criminal act of holding unspoken beliefs or doubts that oppose or question the ruling party.”
In today’s society it is a thought crime to offend the ruling party’s ‘selected someones’.
In 2015 America we see those “upholding unspoken beliefs or doubts” labeled as radicals and in some cases prosecuted as criminals. Examples include: speaking ill of a black President or a woman running for President, Planned Parenthood, Muslims, minorities, illegal aliens, homosexuals or opposing long-time members of the ruling party, to name a few.
Those who are designated as radicals or prosecuted as criminals include, but are not limited to,: Caucasians, heterosexuals, males, Conservatives, gun owners, legal immigrants, Christians, Jews and those who oppose the ruling party.
The ruling party uses a variety of tools to stop thought crimes: taxation, regulation, education, propaganda, Executive Orders, departmental policies, research, government largess (free stuff), and allies of the ruling party (the Main Stream Media, Hollywood, TV studios, corporations, etc.).
As George Orwell warned:
Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought-crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. . . . The process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead.
Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness [is] always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there’s no reason or excuse for committing thought-crime. It’s merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control. But in the end there won’t be any need even for that. . .
When key media outlets feel the pressure of government to tow the ruling party line some cave or are already fellow travelers. Others continue to fight. Those who cave or are already fellow travelers are the “Newspeakers.” Orwell warned about those who work to “narrow the range of thought”. The neo-Newspeakers create a wall of protection around the offended.
The media begins the process of stopping the publication of “unspoken beliefs and doubts” against the ruling party by first changing their style manuals eliminating the use of certain words in their publication referring to: race (black or Arab), religion (Islam), political orientation (Democrat, liberal, progressive) and sexual orientation (homosexual, lesbian).
However, these same media outlets (Newspeakers) are quick to label those who have doubts about the ruling party: heterosexual/straight, married couples, homophobic, Islamophobic, Conservative, Right Wing, Christian, Jew and white/Caucasian.
The ruling party needs the support of the media to keep those who disagree in line. This neo-thought crime is any belief or statement which may offend the ruling party’s protected groups. Those standing in opposition are labeled thought criminals.
Those who continue to fight both Newspeakers and the ruling party are predominantly bloggers and social media warriors.
Ayn Rand wrote, “The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow. They come to be accepted by degrees, by dint of constant pressure on one side and constant retreat on the other – until one day when they are suddenly declared to be the country’s official ideology.”
Remember what Orwell wrote, “Has it ever occurred to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?”
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