Written in 1948, George Orwell’s novel 1984 describes a dystopian world in which the state is omnipresent and all controlling. Orwell was a socialist, but penned the novel as a warning for the future, however, with no sense of irony, it has since been adopted as a reference book by the left.
70 years on, we see how the world of 2018, primarily in the UK, compares with his nightmare scenario.
Derived from a bastardisation of English Socialism, Ingsoc is the power behind the continent of Oceania, of which Airstrip One, formally the British Isles, is a part.
“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power.”
The obvious direct comparison of IngSoc in 2018 is with the English Labour party, forced into a hard-left by position by Momentum and John McDonnell with Jeremy Corbyn as ‘leader’.
However todays equivalent is more pervasive and encompasses government, education, the police, the NHS and the charity sector, indeed anywhere that the tendrils of cultural marxism have gained hold, a better comparison would be with ‘Common Purpose’, an organisation whose stated aim is to lead beyond authority.
Orwells Big Brother was a threefold entity, a ‘human face’ given to the powers that be, an all seeing overlord of the state monitoring members of the party and the proles, and the propaganda dissemination mechanism.
There is no single human face of those in power today, indeed, those in real power, often described as the global elite, are deliberately hidden from view.
We can surmise that individuals in government provide the equivalent, but the left favours the cult of personality when it comes to the man at the top (and it is invariably male), embodying the most unlikely leader with almost supernatural powers
Propaganda is disseminated by the mainstream media, primarily the BBC and Channel 4 as the state sponsored tool of choice in the UK, either by the selection of ‘news stories’ chosen to promote, or by omission of other important news.
European governments are allowed to evesdrop, supposedly on meta data of phone calls and texts, (who called who and when, rather than the actual content), but more significant is the active monitoring and subsequent prosecution of posters on social media by the forces of law and order.
As a surveilled society (one cctv camera for every 10 people in London), it is amazing that people invite further surveillance into their homes, with always on listening devices which stream all audio to cloud based servers, in the form of Alexa, Siri, Bixby, smart TVs and other voice ‘activated’ devices for our ‘convenience’.
Two minute hate
In 1984, the two minute hate is a daily screening of images of the leader of whoever Oceania is at war with at that time (It varies regularly), to which it is expected that all viewers vent their anger vocally at the screen. I imagine this to sound and look a bit like this.
Todays equivalent is slightly more sophisticated, and much more sinister – the twitterstorm – a backlash reaction to a humorous remark made by a scientist or a slightly off colour remark made by a rightwing politician or commentator, fuelled by insane faux rage usually by the left. The purpose is to stifle free speech, language and thought, and to force conformity with the agenda of the day.
These extreme reactions typically ensure that the hate-target loses their job or status.
Also characterised by demonstrations resulting in actual violence by organisations such as BLM, Antifa and other organisations who don’t realise their role as ‘useful idiots’, agents for backers with agendas to bring down democratically elected governments.
Any expression or statement made in real life, the press, TV or social media which doesn’t fit the narrative of the left, resulting in a backlash by the left.
In 1984, the spies are a sinister version of the scouts or brownies, indoctrinating children as to who are ‘enemies of the state’ and encouraging their surveillance and reporting real or imaginary ‘misdeeds’.
Todays equivalent would be schools and higher education, promoting a leftist agenda and vilifying children whose parents voted for Brexit, or supported Donald Trump. This is used as a method of brainwashing as to what is acceptable thought and behaviour.
The manipulation of language to ensure that it conforms to the ideological agenda of IngSoc.
This includes the removal of all meaningful description from language, for example, from bad, terrible, abhorrent, disgusting, nasty, to the newspeak equivalent of ungood, or double ungood.
Todays equivalent can be seen in the all-pervasive language of Political Correctness, which provides a moving target of many words and phrases which are no longer acceptable in modern parlance (not politically correct), and has allowed words to be hijacked by minority groups.
The deliberate consequence of this is that people have to think twice before expressing themselves in public or social media to ensure they are not guilty of transgression.
Political correctness has gone beyond Orwell’s not inconsiderable imagination to the point where members of minority groups can opt to select their own pronouns, and anyone not using them correctly can be guilty of hate-crime.
We have, however introduced extreme expressions such as Nazi, fascist and racist, which are be used to attack anyone who doesn’t agree with the agenda.
One of the main themes of 1984 is the constant revision of historical events to reflect the current day.
He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.
We have already seen the colourisation of history by the BBC, Mary Beard et al.
The examination of historical events through the lens of current day PC attitudes is an attempt to change history, the attitude toward historical figures and the value of their contribution to science, philosophy, music and all the things that have improved the lives of those who now attempt to diminish them. This is becoming the norm in state and higher education.
“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
This sums up the cognitive dissonance of the left, and combines their ability to ignore facts and the overwhelming urge to signal ones virtue at every opportunity – (1984) Ignorance is strength. (2018) Diversity is our strength.
Since this has become fairly long, I will continue with part II at a later date.
Scores on the doors : 2018 is rapidly becoming the world of 1984 Orwell warned us against, but the backlash has begun.
© Paul Wicker 2018