We replaced all editors of dictionaries. We were going to change the past by manipulating the lens through which we view it.
The ancient texts, the classic texts, and the historical texts, already had settled into some measure of permanence, so our plan was to change the interpretation of those words by changing the meanings of the words in those texts.
It had to be done subtly though. People always noticed when changes were large and abrupt.
Slowly we would change some connotations, positive to negative, or the other way around. We added a few alternate but similar meanings and de-emphasized others. Eventually the older meanings could be completely demoted, while our new definitions would be elevated to official status.
Our first goal was to debunk opposition texts. Alter the meanings enough and what they said became increasingly illogical and nonsensical. Eventually our readers would start ignoring those texts completely, thinking them obsolete thoughts from a backwards era.
With our opposition neutralized, we could further consolidate our power. Other classic texts would then be bent to more firmly solidify our control. Eventually it started to seem as if all of history's great literature was pointing in our direction. The telescope to the past was successfully modified. We became the filter, not only removing trains of thought we didn't like, but also inserting new thoughts that previously never existed in the old texts.
Our Minister of Definitions became one of the most powerful offices in the land, one hotly contested whenever the administrations changed, and one in which different factions continuously battled for in their politicial programs. It was, after all, going to control how we would interpret our reality.
In the beginning was the word, and it seemed that in the end, it was coming down to the word once more.
We were now burning books without having to set anything on fire. We were burning them after they reached your mind.