In the novel 1984 the state, Oceania and Eastasia are at war with Eurasia, which eventually changes, to Oceania and Eurasia against Eastasia… although the conditioned population does not realise that the change has even taken place.
In today’s society the we seem to be at war constantly, the U.S. has been involved in 72 separate interventions in foreign countries since World War Two. See:
The reasons for this are various, however they all have the same philosophical principle behind them: we are good, they are evil we act because we know better… elitism at it’s best.
Today the boogieman is the terrorist. Apparently terrorists are everywhere, both overseas and at home… if you watch enough Fox News you might even suspect that they are in your closet…
Terrorism gained a foothold in the minds of the public after 9/11, and apparently the man behind it all was Osama Bin Laden… feel free to check out the 5 min clip explaining the official story of 9/11
This event has led to legislation like the Patriot Act (not what it sounds like) and the National Defense Authorisation Act – NDAA. These acts are in direct contradiction to the best interests of the people, they seek to strip away due process rights, equality before the law and free speech. The NDAA actually gives the right for the president to authorise assassinations, no charge, no court, no jury, no justice, only: I think your a terrorist… BANG
To quote Pastor Martin Niemöller (in a critique of German intellectuals during Naziism )
First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
The real story about the terrorist threat is you… because if you are reading this you could be considered a terrorist, if you question the validity of the government, the morality of their action, if you ask certain questions you are a potential terrorist.
Why you ask?
Because independent thinking has apparently become a threat, I must say this only underlines the weakness of the ideological position of the state.
So do you remember those evil, evil terrorists called Al-qaeda, the worldwide terrorists responsible for 9/11? Well apparently they are not a threat, they are an ally…
So all I have left is WTF !!!
In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, a continual revision of the language (known as newspeak) is employed by the state to control the parameters of how the populace can understand a given subject.
Now I should warn you that words have created more revolutions than anything else, they are the most dangerous weapon you can wield, if used correctly…
An example of newspeak is Minitrue (Ministry of Truth) which controls the flow of information such as news, entertainment, art etc. The main character of the story, Winston Smith works at Minitrue and continually revises historical documents to show that the party has always been right, living standards are increasing and anybody who turns against the party has always been a untoward character.
The real purpose of the modification of language however is to restrict the conceptual understanding of the people, the official newspeak dictionary continually gets smaller and so with it the ability to challenge the ideological framework of the state.
So my first example of using language to destroy ideological framework comes from former Federal reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan:
Rather than restricting the dialogue of the opposition Greenspan has simply used words that have no real content, and thus to interpret what he has said is akin to the task of nailing jelly to a tree…
Please take note of the next time you see a politician get asked a hard question, they use similar principles to avoid giving an answer.
Perhaps you have noticed the Australia has a defense force, that it uses to invade other countries…
Perhaps you have noticed that the abortion debate has two pro camps, pro life and pro choice. Clearly neither side wishes to be viewed as negative.
In that last 50 years or so we have seen the rise of political correctness. The history of political correctness is also known as cultural Marxism, and is associated with the philosophical school known as critical theory. Critical theory in this author’s opinion is not philosophy as much as an anti-philosophy, for it fails to encompass all schools of thought and it’s primary modus operandi is to restrict the permissible dialogue of others. The Frankfurt school was the base used by Herbert Marcuse to promote and modernise the concept of political correctness.
Marcuse argued that the free society was a deception and in reality oppressive, and argued for liberating tolerance, defined as: Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left
Please enjoy all three parts of the history of political correctness.
So what effect does this have on you now?
This ideology has resulted in the oppression of free speech, now both the left and right of politics dogmatically adhere to the concepts contained within the ideological framework of political correctness.
If you don’t agree with the Israeli occupation of Palestine you are branded are an anti-Semite (most likely by the ADL).
If you don’t agree with foreign countries buying up all the farmland in your country you are branded as a xenophobic or racist.
If you use the word mankind people accuse you of being sexist.
The sad fact is people have become far too precious… The author is a rabid supporter of unrestricted free speech because the fact is you don’t have to listen to anyone, but once you start censoring people it is the slippery slope on the road to tyranny and despotism.