socialist revision of truth

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    Euphemism alert: “notionally accurate”

    While the general public upholds a belief in objective truth, progressives don't. This creates problems for them, which they try to solve by coming up with new ways to dress up lying.
    Jon Sanders, January 9, 2018
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    When what makes the deficit matter is an unanticipated election outcome

    Mitch’s post “When deficits matter” quotes Kevin Williamson of National Review Online on the topic of Paul Krugman’s sudden (and I mean sudden) about-face on deficit spending. A snippet:  On October 23, 2016, Professor Krugman wrote that the “debt scolds should be ignored,” and that Hillary Rodham Clinton, then…
    Jon Sanders, January 11, 2017
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    Lying and the social construction of ‘truth’

    DOUBLETHINK means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. The Party intellectual knows in which direction his memories must be altered; he therefore knows that he is playing tricks with reality; but by the exercise of DOUBLETHINK he also satisfies himself…
    Jon Sanders, July 23, 2013
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    When politically expedient ‘truth’ keeps changing every day

    A reminder from last year: the Left puts politics above everything, and that necessarily includes objective truth. The Left champions politically expedient “truth” over fixed truth, regardless of whether today’s “truth” is directly counter to yesterday’s Now, enjoy Politico’s timeline as they try to…
    Jon Sanders, May 21, 2013
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    Man, Paul Krugman moves goalposts as if a Pulitzer’s at stake, again

    An organizer working in and for an open society is in an ideological dilemma. To begin with, he does not have a fixed truth — truth to him is relative and changing; everything to him is relative and changing. He is a political relativist. — Saul Alinsky, “Rules for…
    Jon Sanders, March 5, 2013
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    The ‘truth’ hurts: DNC delegates run smack into their own relativism

    ‘Do you remember,’ he went on, ‘writing in your diary, “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four”?’ ‘Yes,’ said Winston. O’Brien held up his left hand, its back towards Winston, with the thumb hidden and the four fingers extended. ‘How…
    Jon Sanders, September 6, 2012
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    Man, Paul Krugman moves goalposts as if a Pulitzer’s at stake

    “One of the basic principles of dialectics is that there is no such thing as abstract truth, and what is concrete, in which the second dominates the first, characterizes the materialist approach to knowledge and truth.” — V.I. Lenin Paul Krugman, on Paul Krugman’s web…
    Jon Sanders, June 12, 2012
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    Euphemism alert: “Correct in mythical terms”

    In the old Locker Room I listed several notorious (and sometimes downright hilarious) examples of the socialist revision of truth to make it politically expedient. These include such euphemisms as “fake but accurate,” falsehoods that are “essential truths,” etc., you know, the everything-is-political world of “fictional documentaries” with…
    Jon Sanders, May 23, 2012