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    1984 at 70

    An excellent revisiting of the book at American Thinker. The writer shows Orwell, and long before him Alexis de Tocqueville, had insight into what today's Left is doing.

    Some things never change.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/arti...got_right.html


    “The image of a boot stamping across the human face," in Orwell's memorable phrase, is an accurate depiction of present-day North Korea or China, but is not really an apt description of the U.S. or Western Europe, societies that have fallen into the kind of soft despotism described by Alexis de Tocqueville, but well short of the dystopian nightmare foreseen in Nineteen Eighty-Four.



    However, the novel remains prescient in its depiction of two key elements of modern-day political correctness conceived of and promoted by the Progressive Left: the war on language and the war on memory.



    In Nineteen Eighty-Four, Orwell focuses on an individual living in "Oceania," a socialist society comprising the present-day nations of England and the Americas. In the novel, Oceania is abandoning standard English, which is referred to as “Oldspeak,” and is adopting “Newspeak,” a limited vocabulary designed to restrict thought.



    Orwell understood that words enable thought and thought enables action. If there is no word for something, it makes it hard to think about it. This is an ancient insight -- the Bible speaks reverently of “The Word.”



    Orwell tells us that:



    “It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and Oldspeak forgotten, a heretical thought… should be literally unthinkable, at least insofar as thought is dependent on words.”


    On the college campuses, the progressives have adopted a form of Newspeak with the identical goal -- to get rid of heretical thoughts. Thus, students are protected by “safe spaces,” works of art that might cause discomfort are preceded by “trigger warnings,” and prohibited statements are referred to as “microagressions,” and “hate speech.” Make the latter phrase a compound word (hatespeech) and it has an unmistakably Orwellian cadence.



    Starting in academia, politically correct speech has now infected the media, the arts, tech companies, and corporations.



    The protagonist in Nineteen Eighty-Four, Winston Smith, works for the ironically named “Ministry of Truth,” which is engaged in the practice of constantly editing history to conform to the current party line. People and places are changed, erased, or added as needed. “Who controls the past controls the future,” Orwell explained, “who controls the present controls the past.”



    The erasing of America's past, the renaming of holidays, and the defacing and elimination of statues -- the cultural vandalism that proceeds on a daily basis --



    Is all part of an effort to conform America's history to the Progressive party line.






    Full essay at link. Also a link to de Tocqueville's insight - which Orwell was probably aware of.

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    1984 was supposed to be a warning, not a fucking manual.

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    just like animal farm, the left views them as instruction manuals...
    "The nose, knows"

    @Auntifa,,,when the shooting starts, don't run, you'll only die tired...

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    And at the time, we all snickered about how outlandish these novels were. Did anyone ever think they'd come true?

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    Quote Originally Posted by teeceetx View Post
    And at the time, we all snickered about how outlandish these novels were. Did anyone ever think they'd come true?
    Yes. Yes , I did.
    Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Nations and peoples who forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms. — Robert Heinlein

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustPassinThru View Post

    Orwell explained, “who controls the present controls the past.”

    The erasing of America's past, the renaming of holidays, and the defacing and elimination of statues -- the cultural vandalism that proceeds on a daily basis --

    Is all part of an effort to conform America's history to the Progressive party line.

    They are communists and they want a civil war. Defeat them at the polls. Hard.

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    Buy more ammo?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rickity Plumber View Post
    Buy more ammo?
    Lots more ammo.

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    For a book written right after the end of WWI (1949) it sure foresaw a lot of doom and gloom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foghorn View Post
    For a book written right after the end of WWI (1949) it sure foresaw a lot of doom and gloom.
    And there was a lot of fear, and with reason. Remember, the Rosenbergs gave the Soviets the Bomb. Stalin was flexing his might. North Korea fell; and China; and Indochina was overwhelmed with domestic Marxists funded, at first, by the USSR.

    Meantime the Labour Party took control of the UK government - sending it on a Venezuela-like spiral downward. In 1945 the British auto industry was second only to our own. By 1975 it was combined into one State-owned, bankrupt conglomerate...only Rolls-Royce kept independence.

    Meantime India demanded, and got, independence - and went socialist, and stayed there for 40 years. It was not any sort of natural cause that had India in near starvation for decades. Once they tried a little capitalism, they became a food exporter.

    Yes, Orwell was right to be concerned. And it may well be that his warning helped in that time. Orwell himself, for most of his life, was an advocate of the Left. So he had credibility with British and American intelligentsia.

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