When I stared to learn to read, I read everything I could -- magazines and newspapers -- and listened to the radio. At age five, I was aware of wars going on, including Japan invading China. In 1949 I was in junior high. We were told that the political spectrum ran in a straight line from left: those wanting freedom (with Russia as the example of extreme left) to Germany (an example of an extreme right) with a military dictatorship. Although all of the propaganda followed that thinking, I could see little difference between the two. Where was the room for a democratic capitalism? Perhaps enough asked the same question and the line became a horseshoe with democratic capitalism in the curve.
Today I am considered a far-right, goose-stepping racist because I have little affection for socialist dictatorships. Meanwhile, compassionate liberals, spending other peoples' money, pass laws to get more control of our lives.
Those who donate most to charities are pictured as mean-hearted and selfish. In Brave New World, words took on new connotations as a means of controlling thought. It was called Newspeak.
BILL HANSEN, Othello