Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Revisiting Orwell's "1984"

It's not uncommon for pundits and journalists to call something "Orwellian," but I have to wonder how much of today's generation really knows what that means. How many young people today have taken the time to read George Orwell's prescient novel called "1984."

We're well past 1984 now, but it really doesn't matter. It's a book for all time. Some passages strike me particularly forcefully, especially today. Here's a clip where Winston Smith, jailed in the "Ministry of Love" for thoughtcrime, is being tortured and lectured by O'Brien, a powerful member of the "Inner Party."

'As you lie there,' said O'Brien, 'you have often wondered - you have even asked me - why the Ministry of Love should expend so much time and trouble on you." ... 'Do you remember writing in your diary, "I understand ~how~: I do not understand ~why~"? It was when you thought about "why" that you doubted your own sanity...'

'You understand well enough ~how~ the party maintains itself in power. Now tell me why we cling to power. What is our motive? Why should we want power? Go on, speak,' he added as Winston remained silent.

Nevertheless Winston did not speak for another moment or two. 'You are ruling over us for our own good,' he said feebly. 'You believe that human beings are not fit to govern themselves, and therefore -He started and almost cried out. A pang of pain had shot through his body. O'Brien had pushed the lever of the dial up to thirty-five.

'That was stupid, Winston, stupid!' he said. 'You should know better than to say a thing like that.'

He pulled the lever back and continued:

'Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.
Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?'


Perhaps this generation of Americans -- and a good chunk of middle aged to elderly folks -- need to think about things a little while, and then look around.

You might not like what you see.

2 comments:

crownring said...

You may find this of interest, Sola.

Are the States About to Slap the Runaway Fed Down to Constitutional Size?
February 25, 2009

by JB Williams
©2009 USA

On February 5, 2009, I released a column titled New Hampshire Leads Next American Revolution! At the time, only a handful of states had introduced legislative efforts to reclaim state sovereignty under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments of the US Constitution.

As of February 17th, when I released It's Time for American Freedom Fighters to Unite, some twenty states had followed that lead, introducing measures of their own aimed at reclaiming state rights to defend against what was clearly becoming a runaway Democratic Socialist juggernaut in Washington DC, running roughshod over Republican members of congress and the millions of Americans they represent.

Today, the number of states claiming state sovereignty, some outlining specific federal actions that have far more to do with usurping the US Constitution than upholding it, has grown to at least thirty two... the magic number is 34....

2009: Arkansas - 9th Amendment, 10th Amendment, Funding Issues

2009: Arizona - 9th Amendment, 10th Amendment

1994: California - 10th Amendment

1995/96: Georgia - 10th Amendment

2009: Georgia - 10th Amendment

2009: Kansas - 10th Amendment

1997/98: Louisiana - Sovereignty Constitutional Amendment

2009: Michigan - 10th Amendment

2009: Minnesota - 10th Amendment

2009: Missouri - Freedom of Choice Act (Abortion), 10th Amendment

2009: Montana - 9th Amendment, 10th Amendment, 2nd Amendment

2009: New Hampshire - 9th Amendment, 10th Amendment, Federal Reserve, Taxes, Martial Law, 2nd Amendment, Draft/War, Patriot Act, Labor Camps, 1st Amendment

2008: Oklahoma - 10th Amendment, (Other Legislation: No Child Left Behind, Real ID Act)

2009: Oklahoma - 9th Amendment, 10th Amendment, Funding Issues

2009: South Carolina - 9th Amendment, 10 Amendment, Martial Law and Related, 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment

2009: Tennessee - 10th Amendment

2009: Texas - 9th Amendment, 10th Amendment, Funding Issues

2009: Utah - Real ID Act

2009: Washington - 10th Amendment

* Proposed: Alabama - 9th Amendment, 10th Amendment

* Proposed: Alaska

* 1994: Colorado - 10th Amendment

* 1995: Florida - 10th Amendment

* Proposed [HJM RS18517]: Idaho - 10th Amendment

* 2009: Indiana - 10th Amendment

* 2009: Iowa - 10th Amendment

* Proposed: Maine

* Proposed: Nevada

* Proposed: Ohio - 10th Amendment

* Proposed: Pennsylvania - 10th Amendment

* Proposed: Virginia - 10th Amendment

* Proposed: West Virginia - Same as New Hampshire

Republic of Lakotah - Full Independence

Hawaii - Full Independence

It's all happening so fast, that we have not had time to fully verify the text and status of every state effort, but there is NO missing the clear implications. Where are they heading here? What does it all mean?

http://www.rightsidenews.com/200902253791/editorial/are-the-states-about-to-slap-the-runaway-fed-down-to-constitutional-size.html

People are getting fed up. I suggest people hold onto their guns and gold because the ride's promising to get very bumpy soon.

Castleman said...

Hello there,

You don't know me, but I just kinda wondered onto your site and liked what I read.

I found you on Ron Gleasen's blog.

I think the most interesting things about "1984" is how it states that they will change definitions of words, and change books.

This has happened already. I am a lawyer, and I have to pay extra to get a good legal dictionary. All legal dictionaries have had the court cases taken out from the definition, and the words changed.

The interesting thing is, every word that has been changed, are the exact words I need to know to win a case.

like "Driver" "person" "income" "employee" "individual". These words have been manipulated in our society for certain reasons.

Oh yea, and the post above about the states claiming the 9th and 10th amendment. Here is a little free legal knowledge.

Our current government is not constitutional, it has not been since 1856 with the 34 act of congress, and then the reconstruction act.

Most people think they are apart of "We the people" but they are not. If you carry a driver license, and a social security card, just look at your name, it is spelled in all CAPS! Legally this makes you a corporation, and commerce has no rights. This why they can give you a ticket on the side of the road when you haven't actually broken a constitutional law. It is also why you are taxable to the IRS. We are corporations, not people! This is one of my biggest complaints against the modern Christian church. We need to wake up and make it known we are created by God, not the state.

Anyways, the 10th amendment doesn't apply anymore. No constitutional laws apply anymore. They just love telling us they do.