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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The New, Improved 1984

George Orwell's prescient book 1984 envisioned a technologically-enabled authoritarian state of ubiquitous surveillance, propaganda and fear that constantly rewrote history to suit the needs of the present regime. Published in 1949, 1984 took the totalitarian templates of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union and extended them into a future where the state employed technology to perfect not only control of the populace via police state repression but control of their minds via propaganda extolling the state and revising "facts" to support the current party line.

Welcome to the new, improved 1984, America 2013.

Ubiquitous surveillance: check.

Ubiquitous propaganda extolling the state and central bank: check

Perpetual fear-mongering: check

Perpetual war against an unseen enemy who can never be defeated: check

Police state with essentially unlimited powers to suppress "enemies of the state": check

Continual revision of history to support the current party line: check.


Anonymous said...

If we don't get rid of Obamacare, then we are DONE as a nation...they will have total control over you, because everything you do impacts on your health...what you eat, drink, drive, what you do...they will regulate it (like they don't already) and like it or not, yes, there will be death panels that will decide what care you get, or don't get.

lmclain said...

A population that has been convinced that they are on the verge of being killed by whatever boogeyman is currently lurking around the corner and is willing to live like sheep? Check.

Anonymous said...

@ 2:19...I am not a "sheep" I do my research and make my own conclusions. Ezekiel Emanuel (yes-"never let a crisi go to waste Rahm Emanuel's brother) as Obama's Health Care advisor said--this is direct quote about his "Complete Lives System"...this is where infants and elderly die.
"Published Jan. 31, 2009 in the British medical journal Lancet, Emanuel's euthansia-selection article appeared 11 days after President Obama's inauguration. Then on March 19, Emanuel was appointed to the Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research, to begin the design of a Federal system for withdrawing care from those chosen for death.

Though written in bloodless academic language, Emanuel's discourse most closely resembles one of Adolf Hitler's rambling pronouncements as know-it-all Fuehrer.

Emanuel sums up who is to be treated, and who is to die:

"When implemented, the complete lives system produces a priority curve on which individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most substantial chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated." This may be justified by public opinion, since "broad consensus favours adolescents over very young infants, and young adults over very elderly people."

Emanuel decrees that we must not kill only the elderly, but also infants.

"Strict youngest-first allocation directs scarce resources predominantly to infants. This approach seems incorrect. The death of a 20-year-old woman is intuitively worse than that of a 2-month-old girl, even though the baby has had less life. The 20-year-old has a much more developed personality than the infant, and has drawn upon the investment of others to begin as-yet-unfulfilled projects.... Adolescents have received substantial education and parental care, investments that will be wasted without a complete life. Infants, by contrast, have not yet received these investments.... It is terrible when an infant dies, but worse, most people think, when a three-year-old child dies, and worse still when an adolescent does."He proclaims his new "Complete Lives System" to be an advance over previous death-selection systems such as Quality-Adjusted Life Years and Disability-Adjusted Life Years.

So who is a sheep and who is just hiding their head in the sand?

Anonymous said...

Orwell took his biggest secret to his grave.He was capable of multi dimensional thinking.He thought in the past,the present (which was 1949)and the future,seeing each with chrystal clarity.One may not be capable of transcending time on a physical plane,but one can on the mental plane.His formula involved a template comparison of the past to the future,and he discovered that the 2 were almost identical,with only technology changing.

lmclain said...

2:49... I think I missed your point....