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  • Nineteen Eighty-Four at 70: What Orwell Got Right

    07/13/2019 9:58:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    American ^ | July 13, 2019 | Nicholas J. Kaster
    This summer, George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four turns 70 years old, and that anniversary has prompted a surfeit of articles analyzing the book and its continuing relevance to our age. There is no doubt that the book is one of the most consequential political novels ever written and ought to be on the reading list of every conservative -- not because Orwell was himself a conservative (he remained a man of the Left until his death), nor because the dystopian world that Orwell described turned out to be prophetic. “The image of a boot stamping across the human face," in...
  • Big Government and Big Tech Are Partnering to Track Us Everywhere

    07/09/2019 12:27:37 PM PDT · by SaveFerris · 41 replies ^ | Posted at 9:07 am on June 27, 2019 | by Seton Motley
    George Orwell was a brilliant individual. A man of incredible insight – and foresight. In his unfathomably predictive novel 1984, Orwell warns of Big Brother: “(O)stensibly the leader of Oceania, a totalitarian state wherein the ruling party Ingsoc wields total power ‘for its own sake’ over the inhabitants. “In the society that Orwell describes, every citizen is under constant surveillance by the authorities, mainly by telescreens.…The people are constantly reminded of this by the slogan ‘Big Brother is watching you’: a maxim that is ubiquitously on display. “In modern culture, the term ‘Big Brother’ has entered the lexicon as a...
  • Satire: Ocasio-Cortez: 'Everyone's Pay Should Be Equal, But My Pay Should Be More Equal <tr>

    06/13/2019 7:56:07 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 22 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | June 13 2019
    Ocasio-Cortez: 'Everyone's Pay Should Be Equal, But My Pay Should Be More Equal Than Others'' WASHINGTON, D.C.—Speaking to reporters after coming out in support of pay raises for herself and her fellow congresspeople, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she believes everyone's pay should be equal, but that her and her colleagues' pay should be "more equal" than everybody else's. "I campaigned on equality and lifting up the poor and bringing down the rich," she said. "But after a few months in Washington, it's clear to me now that we need to shift my campaign rhetoric a bit." She then held up...
  • Doublethink Is Stronger Than Orwell Imagined - What 1984 means today (Pure Liberal Projection)

    06/09/2019 7:39:57 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 40 replies ^ | George Packer
    We are living with a new kind of regime that didn’t exist in Orwell’s time. It combines hard nationalism—the diversion of frustration and cynicism into xenophobia and hatred—with soft distraction and confusion: a blend of Orwell and Huxley, cruelty and entertainment. The state of mind that the Party enforces through terror in 1984, where truth becomes so unstable that it ceases to exist, we now induce in ourselves. Totalitarian propaganda unifies control over all information, until reality is what the Party says it is—the goal of Newspeak is to impoverish language so that politically incorrect thoughts are no longer possible....
  • World View reaches new milestone in Stratollite development

    06/06/2019 7:55:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 2 replies ^ | June 6, 2019 | by Jeff Foust
    WASHINGTON — World View announced June 5 it performed the longest flight to date of its stratospheric balloon, demonstrating its ability to carry out missions traditionally reserved for satellites. The company said its Stratollite balloon system recently completed a 16-day test flight, taking off May 18 from the company’s headquarters in Tucson, Arizona, and landing June 3 in Nevada. Prior to this flight, the longest flight by a Stratollite was five days. In addition to proving its ability for extended flights, the Stratollite also demonstrated its ability to maintain position. That included “multiple” tests where the balloon stayed within an...
  • 2+2=5 Under The Democrat’s Equality Act

    05/25/2019 12:23:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | May 25, 2019 | Lawrence Meyers
    In George Orwell’s 1984, everyman Winston Smith is tortured and brainwashed into truly believing that 2+2=5. Orwell’s message was that an unfettered State would eventually maintain the population in such propaganda-induced fear of its power that people would deny objective reality. Such was the power of the Party and doublethink – it weakened individual liberty. Conform or else. By instilling fear in its subjects, the State crushes the intellectual notion of objective reality. So it goes with the Democrat’s passage of The Equality Act last week. The legislation adds “gender identity” to the list of protected classes under federal civil...
  • China’s new ‘social credit system’ turns Orwell’s ‘1984’ into reality

    05/18/2019 9:51:31 AM PDT · by DFG · 31 replies
    NY Post ^ | 05/18/2019 | Steven W. Mosher
    Imagine calling a friend. Only instead of hearing a ring tone you hear a police siren, and then a voice intoning, “Be careful in your dealings with this person.” Would that put a damper on your relationship? It’s supposed to. Welcome to life in China’s “Social Credit System,” where a low score can ruin your life in more ways than one. Say you arrive at the Beijing airport, intending to catch a flight to Canton 1,200 miles south. The clerk at the ticket counter turns you away because — you guessed it — your social credit score is too low.
  • K-12: Making The World Safe For Totalitarianism

    02/04/2019 7:21:26 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 16 replies
    Republic Standard ^ | Nov 10, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    --The Left Never Knows When To Stop-- It was a shock. Jay Leno went Jaywalking and revealed the startling fact that a lot of Americans didn’t know much history, geography or anything else. Who won the Civil War? What country is Mount Rushmore located in? People didn’t know and didn’t seem to care. Many thought that was the high watermark of dumb. What could be dumber than not knowing who won the Civil War? Jimmy Kimmel has astonished the nation by showing that America is even dumber than we worried it is. He sent a crew out to the streets...
  • 20 passages from george orwell’s 1984 that have become reality

    01/27/2019 10:15:54 PM PST · by vannrox · 53 replies
    Return of Kings ^ | 11SEP17 | John Carver
    As the back cover of my cheap paperback copy of George Orwell’s masterpiece dictates… 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of Negative Utopia. I recently revisited this book after many years of absence, and while reading along I highlighted many quotes and passages which struck me as relevant to the “social justice” zeitgeist of the late 2010’s. To little surprise, I discovered that what the political left seeks in this day and age is well and...
  • Ohio State lecturer bans students from saying ‘illegal immigrants’

    01/09/2019 4:01:17 PM PST · by mgstarr · 71 replies
    Spectator USA ^ | 01/09/19 | Cockburn
    Victor Espinosa, a lecturer in sociology at Ohio State University, has been telling students that they are forbidden from using the term ‘illegal immigrant’ to describe immigrants who did not enter the country through the legal method. Because – drum roll – it is offensive. Mr Espinosa has written to at least one student telling them they ‘will not be allowed to use the term illegal to refer to an unauthorized immigrant’ because it ‘dehumanizes, marginalizes and racializes the people it seeks to describe.’ In his wisdom and generosity, Espinosa grants that students may use the term illegal immigration –...
  • Are You Ready to Stop Watching the Never-Ending Commercial?

    11/25/2018 4:36:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    American ^ | November 25, 2018 | David Lanza
    The United States has just endured the most expensive midterm elections in history. Most of us are tired of campaign commercials and are glad that they no longer run on television. But we fool ourselves if we think the commercials are really over or that the campaigning is limited to the two months leading up to election day. The commercials continue, if only in different forms. Political commercials have, somehow, taken over nearly every facet of our lives and every activity we experience. This infestation has happened so gradually that we barely notice how thorough the campaigning has become. We...
  • Nikki Haley blasts China, calls government 'straight out of George Orwell'

    10/16/2018 6:00:01 AM PDT · by LoicW · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/15/18 | Lucas Tomlinson
    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused China of persecuting religious and ethnic minorities on a massive scale Monday in her first public remarks since announcing she would leave office last week. "It is the largest internment of civilians in the world today," Haley said in keynote remarks at the Chiefs of Defense Conference Dinner in Washington. "It may be the largest since World War II." The former South Carolina governor was particularly critical of Beijing's crackdown on Uighur and other Muslim minorities in China's northwest, which she described as being "straight out of George Orwell."
  • 80% of Russians Will Have State-Gathered 'Digital Profiles' by 2025

    09/28/2018 2:51:07 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Sep 28,2018 | Reuters
    Four in five Russians will reportedly get a digital profile that will document personal successes and failures in less than a decade under the government’s comprehensive plans to digitize the economy. The government introduced a $53-billion Digital Economy Program last year to help roll out digital technologies nationwide by 2024, the last year of Vladimir Putin’s presidential term. One of its focus areas includes a so-called “personal development trajectory” that will track a student’s academic successes and failures and be passed on to their employers. “Every achievement in a person’s life – the misses, mistakes, big projects – will be...
  • Google will now filter out negative news and tell you ‘something good’ instead

    08/22/2018 8:09:51 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 23 replies
    Metro ^ | August 22, 2018 | Jeff Parsons
    Google has launched a brand new feature for its artificially intelligent Google Assistant that’s designed to cheer people up by filtering negative news. Simply ask your phone (or the Google Home speaker) to ‘tell me something good’ and you’ll be given a nice summary of positive stories about people solving real problems. ‘These days we’re consuming more news than ever, and sometimes, it can feel like there are only problems out there,’ explained Ryan Burke, a creative producer at Google’s Creative Lab. ‘But the fact is, there is a plethora of ‘good news’ happening, and we’re not talking about unlikely...
  • CNN's Chris Cuomo Defends Antifa: Attacks On Police, Journalists "Not Equal" To Fighting Bigots

    08/15/2018 5:36:24 AM PDT · by drpix · 17 replies ^ | 8/14/18 | Ian Schwartz
    Well, Unite The Right had their rally in D.C. over the weekend. It truly was a gathering of total losers. Around 30 showed up; proof positive that these fools represent a slice of a slice of the most extreme fringe of American politics. They’re not conservative. They’re not a big part of the GOP or Trump coalitions. The group to confront them, however, dwarfed their numbers easily. With no rumble with these alt-right folks possible, the thugs on the Left, Antifa (anti-fascist), decided to attack police and the press...
  • George Orwell on intellectuals

    08/11/2018 8:11:33 AM PDT · by Mark was here · 29 replies
    In what book does Orwell talk about college professors with patches "on their jacket elbows", who claim to "be for the working man" yet in reality they hold themselves to be of a higher class status than the mere working man?
  • Reading Orwell's Road to Wigan Pier. It Explains Today's Leftist Fascism Prescient

    08/11/2018 5:35:15 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 104 replies
    Just finished The Road to Wigan Pier a book Orwell wrote about leftism and fascism during the 30's in Great Britan. Chilton Williamson from CHRONICLES had recommended it in the magazine's What the Editor's are Reading section. Good selection. This is a discussion of class, industrialization, and Orwell's perspective of what happens when humans are treated as disposable. Interestingly, during the industrialization of Great Britain, there were many thrown out of work and lots of talk, as there is today about the dole (today read guaranteed income) being the way to allow people to be "free." Many other parallels with...
  • Dan Rather: Trump criticism of media is 'straight out of Orwell'

    07/29/2018 5:55:46 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 99 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 28, 2018 | Jacqueline Thomsen
    Veteran journalist Dan Rather said on Friday that President Trump’s false statements about and attacks on the media are "straight out of Orwell." The former longtime CBS News anchor told CNN’s Don Lemon that Trump is "authoritarian" and wants people to believe that "the one and only truth comes from him." [Snip] "As several people have said before me, he is not just attacking the truth, he wants to annihilate the truth," the former anchor added. "He wants to move us completely into the post-truth political era in which there’s no such thing as objective facts." Rather added that there...
  • 1984 by George Orwell FULL Audiobook

    07/06/2018 2:35:59 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 7 replies ^ | 1949 | George Orwell
  • Animal Farm Audio book = George Orwell

    07/06/2018 11:13:04 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 5 replies ^ | Published on Dec 14, 2013