The resistance is all in your head: 6 ways to fight Trump brain rot
SOPHIA A. MCCLENNEN (The Salon)
In an appendix to George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984,” he described “The Principles of Newspeak,” the official language of the authoritarian regime in his novel: “Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range of thought.”
For many, “1984” has served as a guide to the Trump era. But it is not just the lies and the alternate reality of Trump that has given rise to parallels being made to Orwell’s novel. It is also the fact that his administration threatens to diminish our range of thought.
As I wrote on Salon last week, the Trump era is likely to result in massive cognitive fatigue. In fact, unlike the grim world of 1984, the Trump brain rot is far more complex than Orwell’s dystopia. In five main ways the Trump administration, consciously or not, has been threatening our mental capacities.
Since Trump’s election progressive activists have placed considerable attention on how to best form a productive resistance to his platform and policies. We have debated the pros and cons of marches and the strengths and limits of uniting around the Democratic Party. but we have given less attention to the fact that any real resistance requires us to be at our cognitive best.