The Party Secretary and his subordinates could not see the
fallacy intrinsic in the fact that their logic worked too
well. The party leadership lived in a narrow corridor of
reality that they manufactured for each other to share. The
reasonableness of the reality went far beyond what ordinary reality
could produce, but then — the reality was made to order.
The energy normally available for free exploration of ideas was
sapped by this process. Exploration beyond the Party corridor of
accepted reality was not admitted to any response from other
members of the inner circle, except to validate The Truth.
Paraphrases from the article “On the Dynamics of Narcissism. I. Externalization and Early Ego Development” by Warren M. Brodey.