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January 22, 2004

No respect for the truth

George Soros, in an interview with Josh Marshall:

And there is another aspect that is coming into sharper focus to me, even since I wrote the book. That is that this administration has no compunction in misleading the people. It has no respect for the truth. This, I think, is a real danger. It is the danger of an Orwellian world. It's not new, because obviously, Orwell wrote about this fifty years ago. But what he wrote in 1984 , you know, the Ministry of Truth being the Propaganda Ministry, the use of words meaning the opposite of what they are meant to mean. The Fox News, "Fair and Balanced," the "Clear Skies" Act for permitting pollution, the "Leave No Child Behind" [that] provides no money for the legislation. All these things I think pose a real danger to our democracy if they succeed in misleading the electorate. And there is only one remedy: an intelligent and enlightened electorate that sees through it.

Posted by jghiii at January 22, 2004 10:06 AM
Posted by: MGA on January 22, 2004 01:50 PM

Okay, I admit I haven't read the book. But regardless, I'm having a problem following Soros rambling within the interview. Lord, knows I'm not the most coherent myself at times (like now). But Soros begins misquoting George Orwell and rambles that into a vague assertion that US military supremacy is a bad thing that is needed and pre-emption is a bad thing that is sometimes needed and then says he agrees with neocons and that's why he's mad at them.

Maybe I needed to be hearing the interview instead of reading...

But since he brought it up, let me point out the concept that war with Iraq was not a pre-emptive war but a war with pre-emptive results. I don't want to hijack (Hi, Jack!) your blog but I'll toss this idea onto the comments to see where it takes us.

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