Pseudoppression is a mostly unconscious belief, imbibed during childhood and reinforced by progressive culture. For the great majority of progressives, it’s an unconscious way of seeing the workings of the world; it is to them an unspoken truth that society comprises warring groups which either dominate or are dominated. But for the elites who are conscious of the dynamics and opportunities of newthink, the belief in pseudoppression is an opportunity to control the mindset of a group by creating imaginary enemies – a technique straight out of 1984.
Because of their belief that society is a battlefield composed of groups that either dominate or are dominated, devout progressives search for security. They unconsciously seek protection from a social world perceived to be inherently hostile. For this and other reasons, newthink moves people away from individualism – except in superficial and pseudo-independent matters – and toward group identification. Unlike Americanism, which led people to focus on individual success, newthink focuses on group success – where success is defined as victory against an oppressive group.
If you’re a newthinking member of a pseudoppressed group, — if you are poor, of non-European ethnicity, female, or homosexual, etc. — your group provides perceived protection. In reality, pseudoppressed group status in progressive society provides more than protection: it provides positive advantages. Group preferences tilt in your favor. Progressive society and its media sympathize with your plight. And because of your group status, you have inherent progressive virtue.
As a progressive, if you’re a member of a pseudoppressor group – if you’re American, of European ancestry, Christian, male, wealthy or heterosexual, or may the universe help you, all of them – your initial balance in your progressive virtue bank account is sorely lacking. That’s not a small thing; progressive virtue and vice are equivalent to good and evil under the traditional American worldview. Under newthink, the best way for a pseudoppressor to gain progressive virtue (and gain social power) is to renounce his pseudoppression and become one of the Enlightened.
The Enlightened, as defined earlier, are the progressive elite. They are pseudoppressors who have renounced their pseudoppression, or pseudoppressed who have embraced newthink morality. They are filled with progressive virtue; they are devout adherents of most or all of newthink’s unconscious beliefs; they consciously believe in the need to change the culture; they often become Progressive Missionaries or Progressive Crusaders. Because they often come from a perceived oppressor class but choose not to oppress, they have a strong sense of superiority; because they are so certain of the justice of their beliefs, they are intolerant of the beliefs of others; because they are trying to transform an unaware or recalcitrant culture, they are often duplicitous by necessity and without guilt.
…on the negative side, the Enlightened are characterized by arrogance, close-mindedness and easy duplicity. On the positive side, they are often very intelligent, well-meaning, hard-working and persistent… Think of some famous progressives — don’t these traits seem familiar?
So, on the negative side, the Enlightened are characterized by arrogance, close-mindedness and easy duplicity. On the positive side, they are often very intelligent, well-meaning, hard-working and persistent – traits that you would expect in a devout missionary or crusader. Think of some famous progressives — don’t these traits seem familiar?