After reading Euripides' blog (you can read it HERE) today, I thought about what he was writing about in his Ten Dangers of Politics. After I commented, I thought that I'd expand on those thoughts here.
There National Security Agency reads all the e-mail on the planet, and certainly every blog including this one with filters to determine whether or not human eyes need review it, however it's retained eternally for future purposes. The war on terrorism increasingly looks like a "war without end". The government uses the politics of fear to keep us in our place. And the recent Supreme Court Decision would seem to indicate that the high court feels that Congress has no limits to what it can tax, and in what amounts (ObamaCare). The White House encourages us to inform on friends or neighbors who have opinions which are "fishy". In fact, the denouncements were to be directed to the Office of the President directly.
However, if you'll recall, the most terrifying thing about the Orwellian dystopia of Nineteen Eighty-Four was the Party's management of people's relationships with each other, and its attempts to replace the human emotions of spontaneity and passion with conformity to a soulless etiquette. Something similar is happening today - yet this very real Orwellian outburst is generally ignored by those who bang the drum for liberty.
Orwell depicted a world in which personal relationships were smashed apart and reconstituted as relationships between the individual and the state. "We have cut the links between child and parent, between man and man, and between man and woman," boasts torturer O'Brain: "No one dares trust a wife or a child or a friend any longer." We live in a world of oppressive political correctness that is enforced ruthlessly.
No advance in wealth, no softening of manners,
no reform or revolution has ever brought human
equality a millimeter nearer. (Orwell)
In Orwell's dystopia, the Party implores everyone to keep fit. Winston Smith always wakes to a "grim" reality: he has to "join in compulsory exercises following the instructions given by a woman from the telescreen". It's a pity that George Orwell never met Michelle Obama... The federal government seems obsessed with telling us to exercise, what to eat, whether we should smoke or drink. Government bodies also regulate our behavior through the issue of climate change; they enforce compulsory recycling and cajole us into living meek, austere lives. Indeed, if there's one "war without end" that is used to justify rationing, restraint and repression today, it is not the war against terrorism but the war against global warming. The government, supported by an army of slavish greens, evokes images of future doom in order to lower our expectations and keep us in our place.
reported in a newspaper. (Orwell)
The unholy partnership between the mainstream media and the Democratic Party/Progressive Movement is one of the most disturbing issues we face today. Much has been written of this and I'm not going to belabor the point, however it's tough to find the truth in the media. You either have to ignore the news or source everything carefully on your own.
In order to run the government, drones are required. In Orwell's Nighteen Eighty-Four, we read, "Parsons was Winston's fellow employee at the Ministry of Truth. He was a fattish but active man of paralyzing stupidity, a mass of imbecile enthusiasms-one of those completely unquestioning, devoted drudges on whom, more even than on the thought police, the stability of the Party depended." I see these talking heads on the mainstream media every time I turn on the news. In fact, when I read this, I thought of Attorney General Eric Holder.
"Government, any government, will always try to take more power until it has all power. Handing government power should never be done lightly, and only for specific reasons. That's why we have the system of government we have in the US, to spread the power out, over a large segment of the population." (Euripides' Blog - Link cited above)
"The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in 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 around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know what no one ever 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 you begin to understand me.” (1984)
It never hurts to review these things.