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The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism Book Club Update

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Here’s the plan for my new Book Club.  After each segment, place your thoughts and questions in the comments and I’ll post an omnibus response later in the week. On January 18, I’ll cover Chapter 1: “Ignorance Is Strength” up to the sentence “The possibility of enforcing not only complete obedience to the will of the State, but complete uniformity of opinion on all subjects, now existed for the first time.” On January 25, I’ll cover Chapter 1 up to the sentence “This demands a continuous alteration of the past, made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known in Newspeak as doublethink.” On February 1, I’ll cover the rest of Chapter 1. On February 8, I’ll cover Chapter 3: “War Is Peace” up to the sentence “Portions of it

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Here’s the plan for my new Book Club.  After each segment, place your thoughts and questions in the comments and I’ll post an omnibus response later in the week.

On January 18, I’ll cover Chapter 1: “Ignorance Is Strength” up to the sentence “The possibility of enforcing not only complete obedience to the will of the State, but complete uniformity of opinion on all subjects, now existed for the first time.”

On January 25, I’ll cover Chapter 1 up to the sentence “This demands a continuous alteration of the past, made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known in Newspeak as doublethink.”

On February 1, I’ll cover the rest of Chapter 1.

On February 8, I’ll cover Chapter 3: “War Is Peace” up to the sentence “Portions of it are constantly changing hands, and it is the chance of seizing this or that fragment by a sudden stroke of treachery that dictates the endless changes of alignment.”

On February 8, I’ll cover Chapter 3 up to the sentence “Meanwhile no Inner Party member wavers for an instant in his mystical belief that the war is real, and that it is bound to end victoriously, with Oceania the undisputed master of the entire world.”

On February 15, I’ll cover the rest of Chapter 3.

Happy dystopian reading!

Bryan Caplan
Bryan Caplan is Professor of Economics at George Mason University and Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center. He has published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, the Journal of Law and Economics, and Intelligence, and has appeared on 20/20, FoxNews, and C-SPAN. Bryan Caplan blogs on EconLog.

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