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.
The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970. I was in college at the time and I remember thinking that this felt like the beginning of mass political indoctrination within the public school system.
Before 1970 I felt I was free to express my opinions, within reason, while attending school. I even remember being taught Psalm number 23 in a public elementary school. We had to memorize it and discuss it. It made a lasting impression on me. Now we have “freedom from religion” instead of “freedom of religion.”
I am hoping there are enough young people today who see through this indoctrination and fight against it. Your essays, Charles, should be required reading.
Was not the creator of Earth Day a vicious murderer?
Well said, Charles.
Yes! Really good as everyone is mentioning Orwell but not quite putting into words like this.
I wonder what Orwell would be writing now about the future!
Magnificent article Charles.
It’s interesting to note that Google, FB, Twitter, and others are now swapping information together and acting like a single entity. Wasn’t there some kind of legislation passed during Teddy Roosevelt’s tenure to prevent stuff like that?
This is very much on point.
I certainly have no love for Big Brother.
What conservatives have to do however if we are going to practice any kind of civil disobedience is to first fight Big Brother in the arena of ideas.
Where is that arena?
Arts, Humanities, Education, Science, and Philosophy.
I am an ardent supporter of Donald Trump
That being said I have long been concerned about a practiced attitude of anti intellectualism in respect to arts, culture, science and so forth.
Is anyone else bothered, for example, by the fact that our theme song as a movement is the execrable “I’m Proud To Be An American”?
Why do we not instead co-opt the monumental and quintessentially American “Fanfare for the Common Man”.
We need more blogs like this one, and more voices such as Victor David Hanson.
Meanwhile the demise of FNC as the “network of the right” is in fact the best thing for us.
I have for years not trusted Fox and felt as though it was playing to the lowest common denominator in its opinion shows.
IMO we must depend upon ourselves and our own sense of logic in moving forward.
2020 is indeed 1984.
Yet we must not become like Winston.
We must never learn to love Big Brother.
We must fight the battle of the mind against him.
Well said and totally on point. I may borrow your sixth paragraph that defines the different socials which I’ve never seen anyone nail this well.
I wrote a poem in tribute to Animal Farm. I am afraid he was frightfully correct in that also. How this pandemic has prevented us from critically analysing made me challenge what the next steps will be in terms of our thinking also.