Hillary Clinton commented on Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four in her book What Happened:
“Attempting to define reality is a core feature of authoritarianism. This is what the Soviets did when they erased political dissidents from historical photos. This is what happens in George Orwell’s classic novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” when a torturer holds up four fingers and delivers electric shocks until his prisoner see five fingers as ordered. The goal is to make you question logic and reason and to sow mistrust toward exactly the people we need to rely on: our leaders, the press, experts who seek to guide public policy based on evidence, ourselves.”
I don’t think it is even possible to formulate an interpretation that is more OPPOSITE of that which was intended by the author.
The “goal” of INGSOC (Big Brother) in Nineteen Eighty-Four was NOT to “sow mistrust in our leaders, the press, experts…” It was the EXACT OPPOSITE! It was to sow mistrust in ones own capacity to question them. In other words, it was INGSOC’s intent to ELIMINATE all mistrust in authority. It accomplished this by means of ubiquitous surveillance and psychological terror.
Mrs. Clinton has turned this completely inside out.
“Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.” –George Orwell
By Darren Allen
The twentieth century saw four basic visions of hell on earth, or dystopia. These were:
Orwellian. Rule by autocratic totalitarian people, party or elite group, limitation of choice, repression of speech and repression of minorities, belief in order, routine and rational-morality. Control by enclosure, fear and explicit violence. Violent repression of dissent (via ‘the party line’). Erotic physicality and sexual freedom suppressed via control of sexual impulses. Control of thought by explicitly policing language (Orwellian Newspeak).
Huxleyan Rule by democratic totalitarian systems, excess of choice, limitation of access to speech platforms, assimilation of minorities, belief in emotional-morality, ‘imagination’ and flexibility, and control by desire, debt and implicit threat of violence. No overt control of dissent (system selects for system-friendly voices). Erotic physicality and sexual freedom suppressed via promotion of pornographic sensuality and dissolution. Control of thought by implicitly enclosing language within professional boundaries (Illichian Newspeak, or Uniquack).