Friday, April 26, 2013

Doublethink, Crimethink and the Streetcar

In 1984, George Orwell introduced us to the concepts of Doublethink and Crimethink. Doublethink is the ability to accept to mutually contradictory beliefs as true; Crimethink is to hold unspoken thoughts or beliefs that go against or question the ruling party.

We see this with the Streetcar supporters.

The Streetcar supporters always begin the discussion of the great and glorious project as a wonderful, modern public transportation project. When the Streetcar project's lack of real transportation value is pointed out, they immediately jump to the importance of the Streetcar project as a vehicle for urban renewal. Point out that the urban renewal Streetcars generate only lasts so long as subsidies exist and the conversation veers back to the Streetcar as public transportation. The cycle is unbreakable.

This doublethink is an effort to avoid the crimethink that is inevitable once the truth of the Streetcar project is admitted: that it is nothing but a boondoggle designed to line the pockets of a select few at the expense of the many. This is classic rent-seeking behavior aided and abetted by a willing lemming class of Streetcar Sycophants.

Ask any streetcar supporter and no doubt they will tell you, "We've always been at war with Eastasia."

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