There is a meme floating around on Facebook that says “The only fiction of 1984 is the year.” I rarely pay attention to memes, but this one is quite correct.
Orwell wrote Nineteen Eight-Four in 1949 and he warns us that one of the most powerful tools of totalitarianism is corrupting language. We are now 36-years past 1984 and suddenly Orwell’s Newspeak examples such as:
- War is Peace
- Freedom is Slavery
- Ignorance is Strength
are all frightening real.
A not surprisingly under-reported story is a United Nations initiative to have a Global Government by 2050 which seeks, if you read it, to micromanage all of our lives. Their justification is 4-points:
- Peace and Security
- Human Rights
- Climate governance
That sounds all very well and good, but a few simple questions quickly show the we are entering into Orwell’s 1984 world of Newspeak. For instance, how do we “govern climate?” Kyoto failed and attempted agreements since 2015 have failed. All we have been presented with is one flawed and failed model after another.
The U.N. set a goal for the world to be carbon free by 2050 in order to hold the temperature at 1.5 degrees Celsius above the temperature before the Industrial Revolution. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has proclaimed that there is “no excuse not to meet this standard by 2050.” He also proclaimed that “The time for small steps has passed. What is needed now is transformational change.”
Now, what the heck did he mean by “transformational change?” One can only guess. Of course, let’s forget about the little fact that the earth has been going through cycles of heating and cooling since its inception with some of those cycles lasting millenniums and some lasting only a couple of decades. Let’s also overlook the fact that real scientists admit that they are not certain what causes these cycles. Some attribute it to variances of the earth’s angle and orbit to the sun, others say it might be tied to solar activity. But the U.N. is going to govern all of this….RIGHT???
Classical Liberalism, which I am a champion of, stood for reasoning, liberty, equality, and objectivity. In the eyes of the new progressive Left, classical liberalism is a crime or “Oldthink.” In 1984 Winston is told that “even the party slogans will become incomprehensible.” After all, as is said, “How could you have a slogan like ‘freedom is slavery’ when the concept of freedom has been abolished?”
After Orwell, economist and philosopher Friedrich Hayek warned us about the Left’s use of the word “social.” A “Social Democracy” is not very democratic. We are learning today that “Social Justice” is not very just, and a “social market economy” is against a free market. Economist Milton Friedman further warned us that the phrase “Corporate Social Responsibility” means abandoning a corporations responsibility to shareholders in favor of endless demands of the state.
The key to any of this is the indoctrination of students who are taught, based on the U.N. Earth Summit in Rio in 1992, that “the world is confronted with worsening poverty, hunger, ill-health, illiteracy, and the continuing deterioration of ecosystems on which we depend for our wellbeing.” In other words, let’s create panic and alarmism. Of course, this teaching is completely discredited by the most elementary study of reality. But students are taught to build walls around this belief so that real facts cannot penetrate this narrative. The poster child of this thinking is highly manipulated child Greta Thunberg who said: “People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you?”
Today “inclusivity” and “diversity” means excluding white men, “Open to all ideas” means banning conservatives, and it is a thoughtcrime to suggest that there are only two sexes. If you disagree with any of this you are a “racist” or a “denier” whose speech and ideas should be cancelled.
Perhaps 1984 was just delayed to 2050 and unless we all wake up, Orwell’s vision may be complete.