With many bloggers writers and commentators referring to the current political pandemic as ‘Covid-1984,’ the association between George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four and politics in our era of tyranny is entirely appropriate.
In that novel Orwell wrote the following haunting passage: “It was not desirable that the proles should have strong political feelings. All that was required of them was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working-hours or shorter rations. And even when they became discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontent led nowhere, because being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty specific grievances. The larger evils invariably escaped their notice.”
As if to respond to Orwell’s warnings, on January 1, 1984, the Freedom Party of Ontario officially came into being and in its 1984 paper titled ‘1984 Is Here’ the conclusion drawn read as follows:
“Short of outright brainwashing, all of the frightening elements of George Orwell’s famous Nineteen Eighty-Four are commonplace in Canada: propaganda, monopoly, war-mongering, forced equality, twisted language, and an abdication of individual responsibility to the state in all but the least important matters.”
Ironically in 2022 “outright brainwashing” has actually become commonplace thanks to the weekly, daily, and hourly terrorist propaganda emanating from the state-funded mainstream media. As if to repeat a history that had not yet been written, today’s “petty specific grievances” have all been staged around distractions like ‘Covid-19’ or ‘fighting climate change,’ while the larger evil goes unnoticed.
The Great Re-set and the fascist agenda unfolding behind the distractions remain unseen by a significant portion of the population. Caught up in “petty specific grievances,” they’ll never be able to understand the crisis in a way that’s Just Right – that the eternal battle we all face is one between tyranny and freedom.
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