In his novel "1984" author George Orwell invented what he called "Newspeak", which he defined as: "the official language [which] had been devised to meet the ideological needs of Ingsoc, or English Socialism. The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of Ingsoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible. To give a single example, the word 'free' still existed in Newspeak, but it could only be used in such statements as 'This dog is free from lice.' or 'This field is free from weeds.' It could not be used in its old sense of 'politically free' or 'intellectually free', since political and intellectual freedom no longer existed even as concepts, and were therefore of necessity nameless."

Modern American liberals have perfectly adapted their own version of Newspeak, called Liberalspeak. It, too, has its own words with distinct ideological meanings, for example: an "extremist" is anyone who disagrees with a liberal; "diversity" means racial discrimination; "multiculturalism" means that America is responsible for all the world's ills and is inferior to all other cultures; and "choice" means the right to kill your unborn child, but does not include the right to decide where your child will attend school if he or she survives "choice".

But modern American liberals have taken Liberalspeak one step further beyond Newspeak, translating thought control into action which breeds additional thought control necessitating further action, in an ever widening spiral of expanding government and shrinking freedom. Thus they have established a system of taxation and regulation which steals more than half the earnings of working citizens, then they lament the fact that those citizens no longer have enough money left to afford quality child care, whereupon they propose to establish a government 'cure' which will take even more money from productive citizens. Thus they impose massive regulation and mandates over the health care system, thereby raising the cost of health care, then lament that people cannot afford quality health care, whereupon they propose to establish a government 'cure' which will take even more money from productive citizens, and further limit freedom in the bargain. Thus they pervert the criminal justice system into a playground in which criminals are coddled and rewarded for their depredations, then lament that people take self protection into their own hands, whereupon they propose new laws which punish the law abiding citizens and steal their freedom, and often their lives, as a consequence.

As Orwell defined it, Newspeak existed to serve the regime of Ingsoc, or English Socialism. And as anyone familiar with his book knows, the Ingsoc regime was the ultimate expression of totalitarian tyranny. Liberalspeak exists to serve Amsoc, or American Socialism. Amsoc has not yet reached the totalitarian perfection visualized for Ingsoc but, as any student of history knows, and as F. A. Hayek so cogently demonstrated in his "The Road to Serfdom", socialism, whether it be the mythical Ingsoc variety or the all too real Amsoc variety, has but one possible end result: totalitarianism.

"The most effective way of making people accept the validity of the values they are to serve is to persuade them that they are really the same as those which they...have always held, but which were not properly understood or recognized before. And the most efficient technique to this end is to use the old words but change their meaning. Few traits of totalitarian regimes are at the same time so confusing to the superficial observer and yet so characteristic of the whole intellectual climate as the complete perversion of language, the change of meaning of the words by which the ideals of the new regimes are expressed."
-- F. A. Hayek


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