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.