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originally posted by: halfoldman
a reply to: TrueBrit
I'm just very concerned about the sloganeering at present, because people are using communist jargon that they haven't studied, or experienced.
Source: Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman published in 1985
We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn't, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares.
But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell's dark vision, there was another - slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley's vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.
What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions." In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.
originally posted by: halfoldman
The whole of Facebook and social media is full of posters that somehow proclaim "capitalism" or "America" as the bad guys.
I think that's just plain ridiculous.
Most of the world is running to traditionally white, Christian, capitalist countries.
If you want to see where people are starving look at socialism and Islamism.
Am I the only one who thinks these posters and statements should be a source of retaliation (with facts)?
But the Left has ruined it for everybody.
Soon, the monster they created will have their heads rolling down the Jihadist streets.
Then they will still find a way to blame it on the USA and the Jews.
The Left has lured the Western world down a garden path.
Will we ever recover from it?
We have no idea what socialism looks like in South Africa?
We've had a Marxist party called the ANC in power since 1994, many of who's leaders were trained in Soviet Russia