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Friday, March 3, 2017

Orwell's 1984 and today's state of affairs

A few salient points re orwell's Nineteen Eight-Four and politics today in th US - including various comments on the party and Big Brother all fro part 3 when inner party member O'Brien works over Winston smith to break his spirit and bring him to a low point at which he actually believes he loves big Brother - first the concept that power is the end not the means, that there is no goal or ideology driving those in power other than attaining power and maintaining power and control. (Does anyone for a second think that DJT has any vision for America - he will say whatever brings him adulation and keeps him in power); second, the idea that the past is meaningless that the past itself is malleable and that facts themselves are relative: a prescription for alternative facts and a free pass for official lies and prevarication. Third: the idea that in the hands of the state everything contains its own contradiction and its own opposite so one can be pro free trade and against trade agreements, can be in support of health care for all and against Obamacare, can be for a one state solution and a two-state solution, can be for investigations and against the, and on it goes - to the point where words are meaningless and statements of position and belief are infinitely retractable because in essence it's all and only about aggrandizement of the leader and maintaining of privilege for the inner party. Most profound of all - freedom is slavery (and vv) as the public must be kept in the dark and stripped of responsibility and possibility in order to maintain the illusion of freedom and the legitimacy of the current leadership. Obviously Orwell was writing about Bolshevism and the political struggles of postwar Europe - but his words have proven strangely prophetic and predictive not for 1984 but for 30 years later.

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