Nineteen Eighty Four
George Orwell

Is a famous political novel about a very ugly future published in 1949. Some of the terms he used have passed into the language.

During the Second World War, George Orwell repeatedly said that British democracy, as it existed before 1939, would not survive the war, the question being: Would it end via Fascist coup d'état (from above) or via Socialist revolution (from below)?

In the event it was destroyed by the revolutionaries of the 1960s, followers of Antonio Gramsci who infiltrated Her Majesty's Government, the media, education, business, the law etc. their Long March Through The Institutions. Blair, as Her Majesty's Prime Minister has done more to destroy liberty and create tyranny than any other. This does not except the times of two world wars. The parallels with England in this foul year of Our Lord 2008 are all too evident. We now know that it is all horribly true; see Surveillance And Scandal

The book itself is on line at Nineteen Eighty-Four by courtesy of Project Gutenberg.

He tells us about:-
Big Brother - think of the thousands of spy cameras out there.
Ministry of Peace - it actually deals with war.
Ministry of Love actually tortures people - think Abu Ghraib? GITMO?
Airstrip One - RAF Lakenheath is an American air force base and nuclear at that.
Proles - the peasant masses with their diet of television and lies.
Ministry of Truth - is a lie machine, like the modern Main Stream Media.
Ingsoc English Socialism Movement - Fabian Society
Thoughtcrime: Thoughtcrime does not entail death. Thoughtcrime IS death. - We all hate Racism, don't we?
Perpetual war - is now the War on Terror - The Party's slogan - "War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength.
Room 101, the most feared room in the Ministry of Love and named after a conference room at BBC Broadcasting House
The Memory Hole where inconvenient documents disappear

This is partly a précis of the Wikipedia article Nineteen Eighty Four


Surveillance And Scandal
Alfred McCoy, a professor of history tells us that the NSA is being used to control politicians by blackmailing them. Sounds right to me.
PS The CIA tried to murder him for telling the truth.


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