In his novel, 1984, George Orwell used the equation “2 + 2 = 5” to describe the attempt by socialist tyrants to convince people an obvious lie, is true. It was their way of controlling the narrative.
And in fact, the Soviet Union even employed an actual poster (see above) when Joseph Stalin implemented his five-year economic plan and later announced it would be completed in four years. It was a tyrant mocking his citizens, because he could.
In his book, 1984, Orwell wrote:
In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality, was tacitly denied by their philosophy. The heresy of heresies was common sense. And what was terrifying was not that they would kill you for thinking otherwise, but that they might be right. For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?
One of those lies employed today is that the German Nazi were right winged fanatics. In fact, the word NAZI referred to the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei). Yes, they were socialists.
And in his book, Looking Back on the Spanish War, Orwell wrote about the Adolf Hitler’s attempt to rewrite history:
Nazi theory indeed specifically denies that such a thing as “the truth” exists. … The implied objective of this line of thought is a nightmare world in which the Leader, or some ruling clique, controls not only the future but the past. If the Leader says of such and such an event, “It never happened” – well, it never happened. If he says that two and two are five – well, two and two are five. This prospect frightens me much more than bombs.
Notice the last line, where Orwell said this brainwashing, forcing people to believe and then defend a lie, is much more dangerous than bombs.
Today, it’s called cultural Marxism and it’s running rampant in our universities and in the newsrooms of our mainstream media. How many lies are being thrust on society today?