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It seems Orwellian, but Hillary Clinton read “1984” and took away the lesson people should trust authority figures more.

In her new book “What Happened,” she discusses her, uh, unorthodox interpretation:

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.

She elaborated on the lesson of the famously chilling scene from Orwell's novel (emphasis added):

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. For Trump, as with so much he does, it's about dominance.

There is so, so much doublethink to unpack here. Let's just make a few general observations:

  • “1984” is about a totalitarian state seeking to break down all resistance to its agenda, including the Truth.
  • Hillary Clinton is notably not a big fan of the Truth.
  • Big Brother is the ultimate authority figure in “1984.” The takeaway from the novel is not that people should trust the State more.

The ironic assessment of the top-selling book, as well as the self-serving shot at President Trump, got attention on social media. A British author noted the contradiction:

A few of the responses:

The Orwellian trip into Hillary Clinton's post-election spin continues. Pick up a copy of “1984” and interpret the famous book for yourself.

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