Look at the top 2 best-selling books at Amazon.


List here. Orwell's "Animal Farm" ranks high too — at #18. Isn't it amazing that "1984" seems so continually relevant? I clicked into my Kindle, and it was the book that was already open. I'd been doing a search on a word — "fight" — after it came up in the context of re-impeaching Trump:

I note that the Trump quote [the Democrats included in the Article of Impeachment] did not make my list "The 7 most violence-inciting statements in Donald Trump's speech to the crowd on January 6th"! I thought "fight like hell" sounded too much like ordinary politics to make the list. We fight for our rights, we fight in political campaigns, we fight in court. Are we going to outlaw the word "fight"?! We'll be descending into Newspeak.

But it was this more general concept about Newspeak that was important — from the essay on Newspeak in the back of the book: 

As we have already seen in the case of the word free [retained only in the sense of "This dog is free from lice"], words which had once borne a heretical meaning were sometimes retained for the sake of convenience, but only with the undesirable meanings purged out of them. Countless other words such as honor, justice, morality, internationalism, democracy, science, and religion had simply ceased to exist. A few blanket words covered them, and, in covering them, abolished them. All words grouping themselves round the concepts of liberty and equality, for instance, were contained in the single word crimethink, while all words grouping themselves round the concepts of objectivity and rationalism were contained in the single word oldthink. Greater precision would have been dangerous.... 

And look at what's #2 on Amazon's list, "Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy" by Andy Ngo.

[Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]


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Source:  http://althouse.blogspot.com/2021/01/look-at-top-2-best-selling-books-at.html



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