George Orwell finished his iconic novel 1984 in the fall of 1948. At the time it was thought to be an interesting piece of well written scifi. So let’s look at some of the quotes in the book and see how they stack up to life in 2014 America.
(1) “In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.” Well…. That could very well be a very apt description of politics in Washington these days. Here is a few examples:
”We’re not going to give up on destroying the health care system for the American people.”
—Rep. Paul Ryan, March 12, 2013
”We’re very excited. It’s exactly what we wanted, and we got it.”
—Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) on the government shutdown, as quoted by the Washington Post, Sept. 29, 2013 (editor note: that shut down cast the taxpayers $24 billion.)
”I dabbled into witchcraft — I never joined a coven. But I did, I did… I dabbled into witchcraft. I hung around people who were doing these things. I’m not making this stuff up. I know what they told me they do… One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar, and I didn’t know it. I mean, there’s little blood there and stuff like that. We went to a movie and then had a midnight picnic on a satanic altar.”
—Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell, in a 1999 appearance on Bill Maher’s ‘Politically Incorrect’
”We need to uptick our image with everyone, including one-armed midgets.”
—Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, on the GOP’s need for a hip-hop makeover, Feb 19, 2009
”If you’re oriented toward animals, bestiality, then, you know, that’s not something that can be used, held against you or any bias be held against you for that. Which means you’d have to strike any laws against bestiality, if you’re oriented toward corpses, toward children, you know, there are all kinds of perversions … pedophiles or necrophiliacs or what most would say is perverse sexual orientations.”
—Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX), arguing that a hate crimes bill passed by Congress would lead to Nazism and legalization of necrophilia, pedophilia, and bestiality, Oct. 6, 2009
”Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.”
—Rep. Michelle Bachmann, April, 2009
(2). “All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”
“We must win in Iraq. If we withdraw, there will be chaos; there will be genocide; and they will follow us home.” John McCain
“Only the most deluded of us could doubt the necessity of this war.” John McCain
“It’s not just Bin Laden or just those that are involved in the counterterrorism effort. We’ve gotta cast the net broader than that. But I think it’s a – very special tribute that we all owe to the bravery and courage of the men and women in the intelligence and military business who performed so well to finally get it done.” Dick Cheney
“We aren’t using Guantanamo Bay anymore to take additional terrorists. That was the perfect facility to be able to use to extract information from people to keep the American people safe.” Michele Bachmann
(3) “War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.”
The business of war is profitable. In 2011, the 100 largest contractors sold $410 billion in arms and military services. Just 10 of those companies sold over $208 billion. Based on a list of the top 100 arms-producing and military services companies in 2011 compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 companies with the most military sales worldwide.
These companies have benefited tremendously from the growth in military spending in the U.S., which by far has the largest military budget in the world. In 2000, the U.S. defense budget was approximately $312 billion. By 2011, the figure had grown to $712 billion. Arm sales grew alongside general defense spending growth. SIPRI noted that between 2002 and 2011, arms sales among the top 100 companies grew by 51%.
(4) “The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.”
(5) “In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
(6) “Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen.”
So over 60 years ago, an imaginary vision of life in America today seemed just that, fantastic imagination. Not so fantastic now though, is it? As recently quoted by the Burning Platform, “Once the people are indoctrinated with nationalistic beliefs, and the infrastructure to protect them from some constantly-changing and ever-expanding definition of an enemy is in place, there is no ability for the people to regain liberty. By the time all of the pieces are in place, not only is opportunity to regain freedom lost, but the will to achieve freedom has also evaporated. The reader will truly love Big Brother.”
We would even go a step further and say the concept of dividing people along imaginary political ideologies and polarizing the public through biased media outlets will absolutely prevent people from perceiving the reality of how they are being robbed and mugged, and it will certainly prevent any consensus to act against their enslavement, both ideologically and economically.