George Orwell on Doublethink
Oct 10, 2019 —
George Orwell was the famed political commentator who understood how words often are manipulated for political purposes. One of his most memorable quotes immortalized the word, "doublethink." Orwell wrote:
"Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them."
Let's take the word, "unbiased," for example. Proponents of victim-centered methods often claim they want to have "unbiased" investigations. But the opposite is true. Victim-centered methods:
- Negate the presumption of innocence
- Refer to the complainant with the conclusory word, "victim."
- Seek to bias the collection of evidence and the wording of the investigative report: Make sure the incident does “not look like a consensual sexual experience” and by making the complainant “appear more innocent,” according to Start By Believing.
- Interpret inconsistent and contradictory statements as proof that the "victim" was "traumatized."
But victim-centered ideologues don't seem to realize -- or will never admit -- that such methods serve to bias the process. That's the seductive power of doublethink.
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