They ripped off their fellow Fijians…The funds of ordinary Fijians were misappropriated.
These elites effectively robbed their own countrymen and women – decent, hardworking ordinary people who had put their trust in the FNPF and the Government, a Government that treated the contracts of the aged with contempt”
Welcome Home said:
This is the practical effect of ‘Doublethink’ as portrayed in “1984” – the novel set (would you even believe it?) in the Republic of Oceania. George Orwell, educated at Eton and employed initially in 1921 in the Burmese Indian Imperial Police, then set out to become a writer. We witness firsthand as “we follow Winston Smith through his rebellion, imprisonment, torture, and reeducation, …. The destruction of the truths and freedoms that make us who we are, and the creation of a world where black is white, two plus two equals five and …….evil is good”.
“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. Orwell shows quite clearly that in a system in which the concept of truth as an objective judgement concerning reality is abolished, anyone who is a minority of one must be convinced that he is insane. ”
Afterword to the 60th Anniversary Edition – Erich Fromm