Big Sister

by Theodore Kupfer

Hillary Clinton’s new book What Happened contains this passage:

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 sees 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.

Her literary analysis seems . . . off the mark.

Of course, nobody attempts to define reality more than Hillary Clinton and her flacks, experts, press, or otherwise. Her legion of sycophants is wedded to the proposition that reality is what Hillary says it is. For a would-be authority figure to assure you the message of Nineteen Eighty-Four is to trust her is almost Orwellian.

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