Eric Blair a.k.a. George Orwell - A Final Warning

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Eric Blair a.k.a. George Orwell - A Final Warning

George Orwell - A Final Warning

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Freeman
I've been one consistently fighting

against the boot stomp to my face. Year after year. And when I think I'm gaining ground another leg attached to another boot joins in. I'm just one person, I could use some help here. I'm getting too old for this shit and others who think like me keep dying off!

 

good post!

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LibBerte
Old World Terms And Brave World New Conditions May Apply

"We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn’t, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares.

But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell’s dark vision, there was another - slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley’s vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.” In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us."

That was from Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death (1986). Roger Waters was so impressed by Neil Postman's analysis he wrote a song for it:

 https://youtu.be/uVSBawXaoT4

 " ... Orwell predicted a future based upon similar events that had happened in the past ... history repeating itself, ... on an all-embracing scale."
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Huxley saw it ... differently, predicting a new model of the future based upon what he saw going on with technology and the progressive human slide towards trivialisation and oblivion.
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both were right. In 2016, we have a combination of both of these horrific new worlds."

FROM DISCUSSION of article highlighting yet accelerating relinquishment of our persons, papers and effects --

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-06-01/orwell-could-never-have-predict...

... by hook, and by crook, and by application of other terms and conditions.

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Reality
BLM

BLM are the only ones actually doing something to keep it from happening. 

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LibBerte
It's Already Happening

Open Insurgency

So it has begun ... and The Police State ... unabated; brutality begets brutality. 

http://www.unitingfortrump.com/comment/979#comment-979

Brutes, no matter which side, are never discerning beyond --  us vs. Them

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LibBerte
If The Shooting Of Dallas

If The Shooting Of Dallas Police Surprises You; You Haven't Been Paying Attention | Zero Hedge:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-12/if-shooting-dallas-police-surpr...

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