Originally posted by seattletruth
It means that he read the book 1984 and stole one of the main themes, knowing that the general population is stupid enough to eat it up, with enough
help from the media.
Whataya know, it's working.
I know, right?
How many people here have honestly read the book 1984
by "George Orwell"?
THE AUTHOR OF THIS BOOK PREDICTED THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN
It's a specific kind of propaganda called "doublethink" that is an extreme and blatant form of conditioning. Ie for there to be peace there has to
be war; for there to be freedom there has to be slavery; for us to be strong we must be ignorant.
These are all themes from Orwell's book 1984
. And in that book, a great fiction book, he lays out how a system could come to power that he
calls "Big Brother" and intrudes upon all your daily business and knows everything you do and say through technology. There are "thought crimes"
that you can be charged with for saying certain things, though they don't actually read your mind.
Everyone has to do whatever they are told by the state and go along with whatever they hear by the state, and they are told that if they do this,
that through this "slavery," as the state's enemy might claim, they might finally win this long war and achieve peace and be truly free again.
The war, in this book, coincidentally, was a long-standing war occurring on the other side of the world, but used as a pretext anyway for demanding
more and more at home and becoming more and more intrusive.
The media lied and made up numbers so often that the main character, an employee for the "Ministry of Truth," noticed that they contradicted
themselves regularly even within the same week with various figures and statistics of recent swings in the war. The exact job of the main character,
Winston Smith, at the "Ministry of Truth," was to go back through old newspapers and other physical records and physically destroy any that had
erroneous information as deemed by Big Brother. What this amounted to was constantly re-writing history and destroying access to old information, at
the "Ministry of Truth."
You may have noticed that the names of the government departments in this book are also examples of double-think: the "Ministry of Truth" promotes
destroying history and "ugly facts," the "Ministry of Plenty" rations everyone only so much, the "Ministry of Peace" perpetuated war.
They haven't quite taken it that far yet with our "Defense Department," to call themselves the "Peace Department" and brainwash us as a nation
that much more deeply, but even the name "Defense Department" should remind us that our military is for self-defense purposes, and that's how it
was originally intended by our forefathers who dedicated their efforts to ensuring as much freedom to us as possible for as long as possible.
-- Oh, and I can't leave this part out. (Don't read if you're going to read the actual book because this will ruin parts of it for
The main antagonist body to the state, according to the state was this rogue phantom of a guy's army that no one could ever find and his forces were
all "underground." He was basically a terrorist leader, a spitting image of Osama.
The protagonist of the book, Winston Smith, eventually gets completely fed up with his system of government, because he has a very disturbing and
dramatic awakening within it to where he realizes to what a grotesque extent his entire view of his world, and the views of everyone around him, was
ritually misinformed by their political leaders and their systems of power.
So Winston finally decides he's had so much, he's done with it all, and he "coincidentally" comes upon the opportunity to join up with this
underground movement to overthrow the system. So he takes the opportunity and meets up with some people behind closed doors and announces that he
wants to join them.
Turns out it was all a set-up, the guys pretending to be anti-establishment were really part of an investigating team for Big Brother, and Winston was
Turns out the whole image of this terrorist leader was an invention by Big Brother, and there was no internal threat or enemy. The closest thing to
that was simply the people themselves by the very nature of what happens when you habitually repress them and take away their power and freedom, and
they become aware of it.
So yeah, I would say this is required reading for ATS'ers. It's a classic. It's not too long, and it's entertaining. It's really a work of
genius. It's fun to read. And extremely educational. From a modern prophet in the early half-mid 1900s. You can even find it online!
Part 1, Chapter 1
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the
vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering
along with him.
See!? You're reading it already. Save it and come back to it in a few. www.george-orwell.org...
[edit on 13-1-2010 by bsbray11]