In times of universal deceit, telling
the truth is a revolutionary act.
         - George Orwell


Napoleon once observed that "history" is a set of lies agreed upon. In an era of ubiquitous fake news and information warfare, this has never been more true. The very concept of objective truth in history is fading out of our world. Pure propaganda and outright lies are passing into our history textbooks as unquestioned truth, condemning future generations to false views about historical reality. But the task of sifting through the lies and propaganda is overwhelming, limited by the ambition and time constraints of most observors. Only those who have dedicated their lives to sorting reality from falsehood are qualified to rewrite "consensus" history as a duty to humanity. The contributors to this site endeavor to do just that.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

We're All Winston Smith Now

     In the classic dystopian novel 1984 by George Orwell, later adapted into a movie produced in 1984, tragic hero and protagonist Winston Smith makes his first diary entry on April 4th, 1984.  It is the day he consciously decides to rebel against the State, which, in this fictional future of nightmarish proportions, has become totalitarian and anti-human.  War has become the new peace. Freedom has become the new slavery.  And ignorance has become the new strength.  In this singular act of writing down his dissenting thoughts, he has become an enemy of the Police State which rules with an iron fist over him and everyone else in Oceania - the English-speaking lands of the world.

     When we examine the world we live in today - April 4th, 2017 - with an impartial eye, we will find more similarities between the Police State of Orwell's imagination and our own state of affairs than most of us are willing to admit.  In this article, we will examine some of the eery parallels between Winston Smith's reality and our own, and call for a collective effort to stem the tide of totalitarianism before it is too late.


 
          Here are the basic socio-political realities which Winston Smith lives under in 1984:

1. The world is divided into three alliances, and is in a state of perpetual warfare.

2. The government of Oceania (the English-speaking alliance which corresponds to the British Commonwealth and the Americas of today) is a dictatorship run by a privileged oligarchy.

3. This alliance is in perpetual warfare with the other regions of the world.

4. This alliance bombs its own citizens and blames it on the enemy to keep them in a state of perpetual fear to make them more easy to control.

5. The dream of "getting ahead" financially is dead as the masses are kept in a state of perpetual warfare and scarcity, leading to a subsistence lifestyle and dependence on the government for survival.

6. Government statistics are completely fabricated and have no bearing on reality other than to keep the masses pacified.  The forgetfulness of the masses allows the numbers to change regularly to suit the needs of those in power.

7. A Ministry of Truth regulates what the masses know, and churns out a constant stream of propaganda cut off from reality which serves to placate the masses and to rally them behind government causes.

8. Convenient enemies are paraded before the masses on hate-screen televisions to channel the anger of the masses towards enemies of the state as a distraction from their own problems.

9. Dissent is impossible because everyone is spying on everyone else, and government surveillance is ubiquitous.  Anyone showing the slightest signs of dissent is quickly nabbed by the police and beaten into submission through torture.

10. The state has become anti-human in its totality, crushing all tendencies toward free thought and action. Even love is quashed by the state. This state of affairs is perpetual, with all hope lost. "If you want an image of the human future," wrote Orwell, "imagine a boot, stamping on a human face, forever."

     Let's examine each of these dimension of the movie/novel, and compare them to our world today:

1. Our world is currently divided into three basic camps as well.  There is the Anglo-American/NATO/ WTO/Bilderberg alliance mirroring that of Oceania; there is the Sino-Russian alliance and Silk Road initiative, which seeks to counter the power of the former, especially in Asia; and then there are the non-aligned states/BRICS/Third World countries which, although generally under the control of 'Oceania', are nonetheless keen on breaking free of the grip of this empire.

2. The rulers of our world - particularly in the United States and Britain - are an oligarchy.  And while the facade of democracy remains intact, the fact is that a tiny minority of billionaires and secret socieites controls who gets elected.  The 'Deep State' acts to preserve the power of this oligarchy.

3. Our world is in a perpetual state of warfare, thanks to the military-industrial complex of the United States.  The United States has been conducting warfare overtly and covertly for more than 75 years, and causing dozens of coup d'etats around the world for even longer.  More than $1 trillion is spent annually on arms purchases and warfare.

4. Through regular false-flag terrorist incidents, the governments of the Western alliance conduct warfare on their own citizens.  The most blatant example of this was 9-11, when agents of the US government (Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, et al) conspired to kill more than 3000 of thier own citizens.

5. Adjusted to inflation, 'real' standards of living have not increased in the West for more than two generations, and in many cases, have gone down.  Real unemployment in the United States is upwards of 25%, and increasing numbers of people are dependent on food stamps, food banks, and welfare checks for subsistence.

6. Government statistics are routinely manipulated to paint whatever picture the government wants the population to believe.  This is as true for economic statistics as it is for political polls.

7. Censorship is in full force across the Internet now, with Google, Facebook and YouTube conducting "fact-checking" to censor what they deem "fake news", in concordance with Deep State directives to quash political dissent.  Mainstream media has become pure functionaries of government propaganda.

8. Vladimir Putin has become the new 'Goldstein', replacing Gaddafi, Osama bin laden, Saddam Hussein, and Ayatollah Khomeini before him.  His image is paraded on our televisions as an object of hatred, without any concrete evidence provided for why this is so.  A similar state of affairs now exists for President Trump himself, who is paraded out as an 'ally' of arch-enemy Putin.

9. Dissent is now impossible due to the surveillance state.  Google and the NSA/NGA/CIA (now one and the same thing) know everything about everyone, collectiving every digital footprint created by the masses, including phone calls, text messages, email messages, Facebook posts, Internet searches, bank transactions, etc.  Anyone deemed a "threat" to the status quo (including the illegal deeds of Deep State operatives) is singled out for destruction through asset forfeiture, police harassment, and assassination. (-Just look at the fate of those who tried to stand up to the Clinton crime family.)

10. Given the increasingly apparent REALITY of all of the above facts about our current state of affairs, in combination with all the other threats to humanity, including poverty, disease, environmental destruction, and corruption, people have become hopeless.  We are faced with a daily barage of bad news about the state of our nation and the state of the world, and are made to feel helpless to do anything about it.  Sometimes it feels like a boot really is stamping on the face of humanity, unceasingly.  There appears to be no where to turn, no salvation for the project of human civilization.

     On this anniversary of Winston Smith's diary entry, we ought to reflect on how dire things have become - not to become depressed and to give up all hope, but to muster in us the strength to put aside our short-term, selfish desires and to focus on what really matters in life:  creating a better future for our children and their children.  Unless we wake up to the 1984-ish reality we now find ourselves in, unless we face the Truth of our existence, and pledge to do something about it, we are bound to face a very bleak future indeed.



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