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In The Mail

Monday, July 27, 2020

Current events and George Orwell’s book ‘1984’ 

 

Editor:

足球滚球比分When I was in college in the 1950s, a required reading was George Orwell’s then recent book, “1984.” This was during the early days of the cold war with the Soviet Union, and everyone feared and half expected an eventual showdown. 

足球滚球比分The story takes place after Marxism had taken over most of Europe. The United States had joined England and formed a new country called Oceania, under a one-party rule. The one-time opposing party had been mostly obliterated, but the ruling totalitarian government used the threat of their return to maintain loyalty of the people. The opposing party was taught as being a threat to the wonderful life and security the people believed they had. Orwell shows what life could be like under a totalitarian dictator using mass media control and constant government surveillance, to control history, thoughts, and lives in a way which no one can escape. Here are a few of the imposed conditions under which the people lived. See if any sound familiar. 

足球滚球比分• History had been totally erased and rewritten. All books, pictures, movies and personal records had been destroyed and replaced with a ‘new truth.’ Nothing was left to indicate the real past.

• Words and phrases had been removed from the language that were offensive to ‘The Party.’ A new language was being developed which had no negative words, such as ‘God,’ and dictionaries were constantly revised. 

足球滚球比分• Children from birth were indoctrinated to trust The Party, and distrust their parents. They were required to report their parents to the thought police for any thought or action disloyal to The Party. 

足球滚球比分• The ‘Ministry of Truth’ was responsible for revising history, and people were taught that ‘truth’ is whatever The Party says, at the moment. Alternate truths were also possible if they fit the narrative. 

足球滚球比分• The ‘Ministry of Love’ was responsible for discipline and thought control. They were in a sense the FBI wing of The Party, eliminating opposition and controlling the people by torture and public executions.

• The masses of people in the inner cities were controlled by giving them enough to survive, but making them dependent on The Party. They were always promised more, but never allowed to rise above the poverty level.

足球滚球比分• The media was a wing of The Party, and reported only what came from the Ministry of Truth. 

足球滚球比分• Education was controlled by The Party, and all books were written to promote their goals and purposes.

The sole purpose of these conditions was control; The Party needed to control the people to maintain power. 

足球滚球比分We are now 64 years away from 2084; enough time for generations to pass and young people to learn a new normal. Those now living who would be alive then, are mostly under 30. That is the principle age of the now protesters, looters, and anarchists, who want to destroy and re-write our history and decide what we should be allowed to think and say. Marxism does not necessarily come from without; it can more easily come from within. 

Hopefully, Orwell’s calendar was not off by a century.

There is nothing I dislike more than having someone tell me how I should vote, so I will refrain from telling others. I simply ask that we all consider the kind of world we wish to leave for our children and grandchildren. 

Jack Redmon

Livingston

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