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George Orwell's '1984' in relation to the state of the world...

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I'm sure that this thought has been mentioned on this board in the past, as it comes via Michael Moore's excellent commentary on the state of the world - Stupid White Men. Which is a book that everyone with an interest or concerns regarding the cretins that run this planet, and their decisions that directly affect the constituency that they supposedly represent, should read...

In Orwell's mildly prophetic novel '1984' (and I use the word 'mildly' because I'm certain that he would be turning in his grave if given the foresight to accurately envision what the powers that be were really getting up to in 1984, and I think that he would be taking the Hemmingway option if he was still breathing in the 21st century), he emphasizes the point that The Leader needed to have a state of 'permanent war' in order to keep the citizens in constant fear of the enemy so that they would give him all the power he desired... the people gave up their freedom and liberties just for the basic right to live. For an evil scheme like this to actually work, the people have to be convinced that the enemy could be anywhere, are everywhere and could strike, and kill, them at anytime.
Is all this starting to sound a little familiar? Good, because it happens in Orwell's novel and it is happening right now... and it's been going on since long before the date the author prophesized. McCarthy was more than likely the first leader to tap into the awesome political potential of Orwell's work and succesfully apply it during his 'reds under the bed' campaign in the 1950's.

I first read '1984' and 'Animal Farm' about twenty four years ago when I was a young kid of eight or nine years of age, and can distinctly recall being cynically amused upon the completion of them both - I honestly thought that the events described in the books would never happen, at least not while I was alive. Maybe people are just more aware these days with the boom in information technology, assuming you're in the position and have the means to access this information that a billion or so other occupants of the globe aren't capable of doing, perhaps my feeling at the time could be attributed to the naivety of youth, or maybe even a blind faith in the inherent goodness of humankind - but I sincerely hope that it wasn't...


At any rate, this rant is getting morbid... so I'll close it with the same words that Michael Moore closes his novel-

'The only thing that will stop it is if we completely and without equivocation reject the lies we're being told. Now is not the time to give up. We should never forget that there are more of us than there are of them. We have always held the power and we always will. It's just a matter of being fearless and deciding to use it.'