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“The Ministry of Truth – Minitrue, in Newspeak – was startlingly different from any other object in sight. It was an enormous pyramidal structure of glittering white concrete, soaring up, terrace after terrace, three hundred meters into the air. From where Winston stood it was just possible to read, picked out on its white face in elegant lettering, the three slogans of the Party:

WAR IS PEACE

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH”


From 1984, by George Orwell


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In this issue -- Feb. 2005

Nightmare on the Potomac -- Jacobins, Trotskyites and hucksters, oh my!

Down the river without a raft -- Huck Finn and the two Americas

A Foolish Consistency -- Inside the mind of the Bush Administration

Beware of your dreams -- Iraq and the law of unintended consequences

The Rice Papers -- Condoleezza Rice and American foreign policy

Fool us once -- Bush and the hard sell - really hard sell - on Social Security

Exit strategy from Irag – Anthony Cordesman’s Congressional testimony

New poetry -- A 2005 Political Dialogue: As It Might Have Been Observed by Dr. Seuss

 

 

 
 
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