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20 May 2003

Politics and the English Language

I just happened upon this really brilliant essay by Caroline Arnold, printed in the Kent-Ravenna Record Courier, about rat-kings, the media, war, toast buttered on the wrong side and talking to each other. This is as good as, and would indeed make a companion piece to, Orwell's Politics and the English Language. Or, alongside 1984's famous "Slavery is Freedom, War is Peace . . ." litany, put this from Arnold's essay: "popularity is goodness, conformity is loyalty, and money is value. . ."

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