Politicians live in a parallel universe of 1984 where their
priorities are to legislate their own agendas.
Nothing ever gets done for the average man unless the masses rise up in
visible protest to a point that the politician fear for their jobs.
There would have been no move to integration without the
protest of the sixties; and the Vietnamese war would not have ended when it did
without the anti-war protest.
Not all protest are constructive: the Tea Party protest of
the past decade has driven the Republican Party to the extreme right. This is a perfect example that even small
minorities can sway politicians if they are visible and loud enough.
The Occupy protest is now getting the attention of the politicians. The government, through the police
departments of state and city regimes, is moving forcefully against the Occupy
protesters, as was done against early demonstrators. The difference is that now police have new
powers to spy on citizens without oversight.
If you haven’t read George Orwell’s 1984 – you should; and
if you have read it in the past, you should read it again.
Without the story line – the following are excerpts from
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
The enemy of the moment always represents absolute evil.
If all others accepted the lie which the party imposed – if
all records told the same tale – then the lie passed into history and became
true. Who controls the past, ran the
party slogan, controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.
Statistics were just as much a fantasy in their original
version. A great deal of the time you
were suppose to make them up out of your head.
What was most important was that sexual privation induced
hysteria, which was desirable because it could be transformed into war fever
and leadership worship.
The aim of the high is to remain where they are. The aim of the middle is to change places
with the high. The aim of the low, when
they have an aim – for it is an abiding characteristic of the low that they are
too much crushed by drudgery to be more than intermittently conscious of
anything outside their daily lives – is to abolish all distinctions and create
a society in which all men shall be equal.
It was still true that men were not equal in their native
talents and that functions had to be specialized in ways that favored some
individuals against others.
Imprisonment without trial, the use of war prisoners as
slaves, public executions, torture to extract confessions, the use of hostages
and the deportation of whole populations – not only became common again, but
were tolerated and even defended by people who considered themselves
enlightened and progressive.
In the past no government had the power to keep its citizens
under constant surveillance.
DOUBLE THINK: (reality control) Though shall not kill, but glorification
of war heroes
NEW SPEAK: Designed to diminish the range of thought. If it is not in your vocabulary- you can’t
express it – if you can’t express it you can’t think it – if you can’t think it
you can’t accomplish it.
Ministry of Peace: concerns itself with war.
Ministry of Truth:
concerns itself with lies.
Ministry of Love:
concerns itself with torture.
Ministry of Plenty: concerns itself with starvation.
INGSOC: The Government ( There are striking similarities to
the policies of the Republican Party.)
INGSOC, like religion, successfully manipulated the mind to the point
that a person believed opposite of what was true.
The essential act of the party is to use conscious deception
while retaining firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty. To tell deliberate lies while genuinely
believing in them, to forget any facts that has become inconvenient…
The proles ( citizens) are only intermittently conscious of
the war. When it is necessary they can
be prodded into frenzies of fear and hatred, but when left to themselves they
are capable of forgetting for long periods that the war is happening. It is in the ranks of The Party and above all
of the Inner Party, that the true war enthusiasm is found.
We know that no one ever seized power with the intention of
relinquishing it. Power is not a means;
it is an end.
We are all proles