1984: Freedom is Slavery – a nightmare

George Orwell’s wisdom has a bitter-sweet quality in today’s world of spin and chicanery:

“In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

We are burdened by political correctness, we’re told “black is white”, when our eyes tell us otherwise. We live in a world of power gone mad and corruption borne of excessive power.

Libertarian US Congressman Ron Paul tears the veil from the eyes of his fellow Congressmen:

Our youth have grown up without knowledge of their own origins and history. That needs to be changed.

George Orwell’s wise words might teach us about liberty, before our democracy is ground to dust and our freedoms with it.

Poignant Orwell quotes:

– It was a cold, bright day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.

The Prevention of Literature (1946)
– From the totalitarian point of view, history is something to be created rather than learned.

– People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

– Being in a minority, even a minority of one, did not make you mad.

– If you want to imagine the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.

– Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.

– Freedom is the right to say two plus two make four. If granted, all else follows.

– Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

Animal Farm
– All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.

– In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion: the more intelligent, the less sane.

– Big Brother is watching you.

– On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.

– Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent.

– He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.

– If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

– No doubt alcohol, tobacco, and so forth, are things that a saint must avoid, but sainthood is a thing that human beings must avoid.

– Liberal: a power worshipper without power.

– Orthodoxy means not thinking – not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.

– If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.

– War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength

– One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.

– Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.

– Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.

– An autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.

– The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.

– Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.

– War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.

Second Thoughts on James Burnham
– The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.


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