3 thoughts on “Unfurl the banners, look at the screen, never before has such glory been seen!

  1. Went back and read some of the excerpts from Orwell/Goldstien’s “Theory and Practice”. Scary how well it describes the road we’re heading down. In fact, scary how that whole story is starting to take form.

    I remember back during the last presidential election, my jaw about hit the floor when I saw the campaign poster that Obama’s campaign had approved. Damn thing looked like every third world dictator’s propaganda art, plastered all over alleyways with kids playing streetball underneath. I half expected them to change the slogan from Hope to Junta.

    • Animal Farm and 1984 are extraordinary 20th century works of political fiction. Of course, the thing to keep in mind is that Orwell thought that liberalism lead to totalitarianism. He wrote those books as committed socialist and as a warning of sorts.

      The one area where he got it wrong is that because of “information economics,” the State can’t monopolize information(e.g., rewrite the news, history, etc). However, as we see, it may not really matter.

      With regards to Obama, it was clear to me early on(during the Dem primaries) that he was going to be Bush’s third term and that his “cult of personality” was going to come crashing down.

      http://freedomdemocrats.org/node/2868

      • With regards to Obama, it was clear to me early on(during the Dem primaries) that he was going to be Bush’s third term and that his “cult of personality” was going to come crashing down.

        Funny, I would refer to him as a “cult of personality” during the campaign as well. Did you get the same strange looks from people as I did when you mentioned this?

        As to Orwell’s socialism, I was always under the impression that his brand of socialism could be related more closely to something along the lines of mutualism than to any type of state socialism. Certainly at least Animal Farm was written as a warning against state socialism.

        And for rewriting the news, you are correct that it need not be done. Time and propaganda take care of memories on their own.

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