Charlottesville III: George Orwell’s prescience and frightening vision.

Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
― George Orwell1984

“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
― George Orwell1984

“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, 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 that 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.”
― George Orwell1984

“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
― George Orwell1984

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”
― George Orwell1984

“In the face of pain there are no heroes.”
― George Orwell1984

“Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”
― George Orwell1984    “Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.”

“For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?”
“We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.”
― George Orwell1984
“Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull. ”
― George Orwell1984
“You are a slow learner, Winston.”
“How can I help it? How can I help but see what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.”
“Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.”
― George Orwell1984
I mentioned in my previous post the Spirit of Totalitarianism (SoT). What we are dealing with in these 3 Charlottesville posts appears to be physical and verbal confrontations. If that’s all you see, you need to look “behind the curtain”, so to speak. What we really have, what those quotes from 1984 understand, is spiritual warfare–the Spirit of Totalitarianism–vs. the Spirit of Freedom. The SoT demands control of what you think, then what you say, by rewarding words and thoughts that are acceptable, and punishing those that are not. The SoF opposes thought and word control. All of those, regardless of whether they call themselves nazis, fascists, communists, anarchists, anti-fascists, who decide by force and intimidation which thoughts and words are acceptable, are TOTALITARIANS.
Lest anyone say I present only 1 side, here is a link to a New York Times editorial(?) called “Why 1984 is a 2017 “must-read”. NYT 1984
While you are reading it, I hope you will notice that only 1 side is evil and denies reality, while the other side, which includes the NYT, is not even mentioned, let alone also called to account. Interesting, since the facts are that the side that isn’t mentioned is the one spreading the most disinformation. Self-awareness, anyone?
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”
― George Orwell1984

Author: iamcurmudgeon

When I began this blog, I was a 70 year old man, with a young mind and a body trying to recover from a stroke, and my purpose for this whole blog thing is to provoke thinking, to ridicule reflex reaction, and provide a legacy to my children.

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