posted on Aug, 21 2003 @ 07:03 PM
Source withheld but duly acknowledged at source:
1984 was intended as a warning about the evils of totalitarianism -- not a how-to manual. We’re a long way from resembling the kind of authoritarian
state Orwell depicted, but some of the similarities are eerie.
In 1984, the state was perpetually at war against a vague and ever-changing enemy -- a convenient way to fuel hatred, nurture fear and justify the
regime’s autocratic practices. The war against terrorism is almost as amorphous. Exactly what constitutes success in this war remains unclear, but the
Bush adminsitration is clear on one point: the war will continue indefinitely.
In 1984, an omnipresent and all-powerful leader, Big Brother, commanded the unquestioning support of the people. He was both adored and feared. No one
dared speak out against him. The Bush administration is (perhaps) not as menacing, but it has quietly achieved the greatest expansion of executive
powers since Nixon. Minions cultivate an image of infallibility and impugn the patriotism of anyone who questions leadership.
In 1984, Big Brother’s ever-watchful eye kept tabs on the citizens of Orwell’s totalitarian state. The Bush administration has its new TIPS program to
enlist citizen-spies as extra eyes and ears for law enforcement. And the Justice Department, thanks to the hastily passed USA Patriot Act, has
sweeping new powers to monitor phone conversations, Internet usage, business transactions and library records.
Could America become an Orwellian society that accepts war as peace, freedom as slavery and ignorance as strength? Can it happen overnight, or would
it involve a gradual erosion of freedoms with the people’s consent?
So powerful was the state’s mind control and manipulation in 1984 that, eventually, everyone came to love Big Brother.
Perhaps in time we all will, too.
Right under your noses.