This may be the first time in history a government project is ahead of schedule. George Orwell wrote in 1984 that the State-created language of Newspeak would be implemented in the nation of Oceana by 2050. But here it is only 2016, and in its effort to erase sex differences in schools, the Obama administration has already made an excellent start in imposing its Newspeak code.
“The purpose of Newspeak,” Orwell wrote, “was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of IngSoc [English socialism], but to make all other modes of thought impossible. It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and Oldspeak forgotten, a heretical thought – that is, a thought diverging from the principles of IngSoc – should be literally unthinkable, at least so far as thought is dependent on words.”
Obama’s Newspeak mandate supports the decree recently issued by the ideologues at the U.S. Department of Education (USED) and Department of Justice that henceforth, despite lack of action by Congress, Title IX’s prohibition of sex discrimination will apply not only to sex but also to confusion about sex. Much has been written about the decree’s requirement that transgender students now be allowed to access restrooms, locker rooms, dormitories, and probably sports teams that have heretofore been reserved for members of the sex these students think they are but really aren’t.
But one aspect of the unlawful mandate that has received less attention is the almost casual reference to approved and disapproved speech.
Emmett McGroarty is the American Principles Project’s Director of Education. Jane Robbins is an attorney and a senior fellow with the American Principles Project.