Lesson 1: democracy


His mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink. To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself — that was the ultimate subtlety; consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word ‘doublethink’ involved the use of doublethink.



Let us all unite in the name of democracy

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March 28, 2011

Obama: The military operations in Libya are not about “regime change”

Addressing the nation live tonight from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., President Obama made his case for U.S. military operations in Libya:

In his speech the president made it clear that the military operations in Libya are not about “regime change” and this will not be another Iraq.

“Regime change there took eight years, thousands of American and Iraqi lives and nearly a trillion dollars. That is not something we can afford to repeat in Libya,” Obama said.


Let us all unite in the name of democracy - Charlie Chaplin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dGPo9XBIPA

Let us all unite in the name of democracy


As a reminder:

March 15, 2011

Last Friday EU leaders appeared united in their calls on Gaddafi to step down and end the civil war engulfing Libya yet indecisive over the means to bring force him to stop. Members of the Libyan National Transitional Council were unequivocal in Strasbourg last week in their call for the international community to paralyse Gaddafi’s killing power, to enforce a no-fly zone (without sending in ground troops) and to step up urgent humanitarian aid.

“We cannot sit back and watch a massacre take place in Libya,” said Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE group leader in the European Parliament which hosted representatives of the Libyan Transitional Council last week. “EU leaders are dithering instead of showing decisiveness. Last week they took sides against Gaddafi. Now they must take action against him.”

“Everyone agrees that Gaddafi has lost his legitimacy and is now intent on crushing the opposition movement with superior military force, yet Member States remain reluctant to stop him. Have they learned nothing from the tragedy of the Bosnian war ? This is a defining moment in Europe’s foreign policy. Will we be up to the mark or spend the next ten years lamenting our inaction when it could have made a difference ?”

“The G8 meets today in Paris and NATO meets tomorrow to discuss plans for a no-fly zone. Both events represent a last opportunity for the international community to act on the calls of the Arab League over the weekend and take immediate action to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya that effectively destroys Gaddafi’s ability to slaughter his opponents with impunity.”


Let us all unite in the name of democracy - Charlie Chaplin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dGPo9XBIPA