From: "Andy Robertson"
Subject: Re: (urth) Next time I'll just say "explain yourself" Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2002 19:39:16 +0100 ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" > > And that is precisely what I am questioning: _where_ is the Orwell > quota established? The style of Correct Thought is not the style > of Newspeak; it is (as I hope my samples above have shown) very > much in the style of Chairman Mao Thought, which I hope leaves > the littleredbookthing position plusfirmlybuilded. But it is obvious. The fact that the Ascians can speak *only* in the phrases known as Correct Thought matches the fact that Orwell's inhabitants of Oceana will one day speak **only** in Newspeak. But there is no real-life correspondence to this: the Koreans may have chanted Maoist slogans, but they were not **forbidden** to use other words or phrases. Only in Orwell's 1984 (and arguably in some SF books written since then) does this concept of total linguistic replacement arise. I agree, however, that the style of the quotes is very close to Maoism hartshorn --