2020 and the Triumph of Double-Thinking

“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
George Orwell, 1984

“We took action last night to stop a war, we did not take action to start a war.”   —  President Trump,  after taking out top Iranian general with a drone




Forget about health care, the wealth gap, a war.

We’re really at peace, so much richer, more well.

Employment is low and the indexes soar.

So tweet and take selfies. But  never read Orwell!



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  • 1. The strange thing is that 1984 is so 36 years ago, It's like channel 60.3 running 15 year old shows saying that global warming will end the world by 2012 and oil shortages will result in war in 2019. They may have been 8 years early for Australia, and while we had oil wars in 2019, it was to keep the oil in port.
    2. Actually, employment is higher than ever, but I wonder how much of that is free lancers working off apps. I have the feeling that something was wrong when I couldn't get a sandwich at the Popeye's in Morton Grove, not because they didn't have one, but because there were 4 Doordash drivers yelling "where's my order," so real customers couldn't be served.
    3. Tweet is the problem as very little of it is true. But I am convinced that the Mad Tweeter now has a Social Media Dept., as no way could he personally tweet 3 somewhat coherent tweets in a chain, not that I thought Twitter was the usual means of diplomatic discourse.

  • One piece of double-speak I don't think even Orwell recognized is one Donald Trump is advancing: to preserve our culture, we must destroy cultural sites in Iran. Additional irony is found in the fact that we would be doing exactly what we condemned ISIS for doing. In the words of Wikipedia, "Deliberate destruction and theft of cultural heritage has been conducted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant since 2014 in Iraq, Syria, and to a lesser extent in Libya."

  • On your first point Orwell chose "1984" for his futuristic dystopia, but he could have chosen any distant year at the time he wrote. Perhaps his terrifying political and social vision had to wait for the dawn of the information age with its possibilities of mass manipulation, and how all of it has played into the hands of autocrats everywhere and how it has empowered a pathological narcissist like Trump especially.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    On the mass media point,there was a PBS series on dictators that had an episode on Mussolini, saying that the original fascist used rallies, but that couldn't reach a large enough audience, so he turned to "that new invention" radio. Things aren't any different 99 years later, except that the current fascist troll* uses Twitter in addition to radio.**

    *You might have your prior point whether he is intentionally emulating Benito, but, again, I argue it makes no difference.In the meantime, Rectumbook is now trying to rebrand itself from Fake News to Basset Hounds.

    **See today's Robert Feder.

  • Part of me would like to read "1984" again. The rest of me doesn't need it -- it's here. Thank you for mentioning it.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    All I remember is that "some animals are more equal than others," but that was Animal Farm.

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