Opinion| Mark Sidney| Well, I ‘ve said it before, and I will surely say it again …. welcome to 1984!
Eric Blair, or as most people know him, George Orwell, once wrote:
“The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of Ingsoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible.
It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and Oldspeak forgotten, a heretical thought — that is, a thought diverging from the principles of Ingsoc — should be literally unthinkable, at least so far as thought is dependent on words.
Its vocabulary was so constructed as to give exact and often very subtle expression to every meaning that a Party member could properly wish to express, while excluding all other meanings and also the possibility of arriving at them by indirect methods.
This was done partly by the invention of new words, but chiefly by eliminating undesirable words and by stripping such words as remained of unorthodox meanings, and so far as possible of all secondary meanings whatever.
To give a single example. The word FREE still existed in Newspeak, but it could only be used in such statements as ‘This dog is free from lice’ or ‘This field is free from weeds’.
It could not be used in its old sense of ‘politically free’ or ‘intellectually free’ since political and intellectual freedom no longer existed even as concepts, and were therefore of necessity nameless. Quite apart from the suppression of definitely heretical words, reduction of vocabulary was regarded as an end in itself, and no word that could be dispensed with was allowed to survive. Newspeak was designed not to extend but to DIMINISH the range of thought, and this purpose was indirectly assisted by cutting the choice of words down to a minimum.”
Are you starting to agree with me when I suggest that 1984 should be moved to the nonfiction section?
The left, and those on ‘the left hand path’, are on a quest for total hegemonic control over every aspect of our lives.
From things as simple as banning straws & large sodas, to things more overtly tyrannical such as control over the flow of information, which words can be used, which ideologies are socially acceptable and complete and total control of every facet of the economy.
Ocasio-Cortez is in many ways the poster child for the 1984, and its adaptation into our current society.
Today she made a statement that is more illustrative of this parallel than anything I could ever say.
The Gateway Pundit, as usual, has the report:
“Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to give free stuff to everybody.
But she doesn’t want anyone to say she wants to give free stuff to everybody.
The 29-year-old former bartender wants open borders (the American taxpayer will pay for all the associated costs). AOC wants free health care for everyone (Who pays? You guessed it). The first-term lawmaker — whom the head of the Democratic National Committee has called the “future of the party” — also wants free college for everyone (you can bet that includes all the foreigners who come in through the open borders).
The Democratic socialist says it’s not free, but rather “public goods.”
I get chills when I read this and think how Orwellian it is.
Does this not sound like the passage from Orwell’s pen above? I know the meanings are inverted, yet the concept is the same, IMHO.
the Gateway Pundit continued: “So first off, this is not free stuff. Second of all, these are public goods. They’re public goods. So I never want to hear the word or the term ‘free stuff’ ever again,” she said at a town hall with constituents.
“These are human rights!” one constituent yells.
“I’m already hearing some of these neoliberal folks who are trying to, like, flip the script on us and say, oh, when we talk public — tuition for public college or we talk about public housing, they say, ‘Oh, I don’t want to pay for a millionaire’s kid to go to college.’ That’s their, like, jujitsu on this [inaudible]. Let me tell you something. Is that I believe that all people should go to a public library, everyone can drive on our roads, everyone should be able to send their kids to a public school, and every person who needs it should have access to public housing that looks like this,” she said.”
If you break down what AOC is saying, it really sounds to me like she is implying that nothing belongs to you, everything belongs to the state. There is no ‘free’ because it was never your in the first place.
How did we get here? More importantly, how do we get back from here? I do know one thing, if we all take action and start writing articles, making videos, creating alternative social sites, starve the speech cartel of traffic and eyeballs, we CAN take away their power.
The ball is in your court America, what are you going to do with it?