The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.Selwyn Duke, Stopping truth at the border, May 6, 2009.
This is an interesting quote for several reasons, not the least of which is that it is frequently misattributed to George Orwell.
There is something oddly delicious about people posting a comment about the importance of truth-seeking while not taking the time to determine whether or not the quote is, in fact, from Orwell.
Who has time for preventing society from drifting from the truth when there are JPEGs to copy and paste?
The other irony is that I have largely encountered this quote lately as a response to Donald Trump’s constant barrage of lies. But the person who originally wrote that sentence is a far-right columnist who takes pontificates about, among other things, alleged plots by the “Deep State” to kill the president.
If you read the column that the quote originally appeared in, it is, in fact, a defense of Michael Savage, whose truth-telling includes claiming that the “liberal media” is actively hiding the fact that immigrants are spreading diseases in the US. In reality, there is no evidence for this claim.
Liberals falsely attributing to Orwell a quote originally deployed in defense of Michael Savage may be the most 2019 thing yet.