Tag: Orwell

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We live in the Golden Age of Government Surveillance, as our rulers today have access to technologies that the dictators of years past could have only dreamed about.  It’s safe to assume that everything you have typed on the Internet since 9/11 is stored on some government database somewhere, which is nothing less than an emerging form […]

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George Orwell (the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair) completed his dystopian novel 1984 in December 1948. Today for some reason I did the arithmetic, and 2020 is exactly 36 years after the novel’s fictional year, just as that year was exactly 36 years after the novel’s completion. My musings then turned to whether Orwell’s […]

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Quote of the Day: Liberty

 

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. “– Eric Blair (writing as George Orwell)

Which is another proof woke culture is anti-liberty and at its heart fascistic. Not only do they not want to hear what they do not want to hear – they want no one else to hear what woke culture does not want to hear. They want you to have the freedom to agree with them and no other freedom of speech, press, or thought. Ironically, Blair’s words are written on the side of BBC HQ in London. Whether it did in the past, the BBC doesn’t really mean it today.

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“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” 1984 was published seventy years ago, on June 8, 1949.  At the time of its publication, 1984 was thirty-five years in the future.  Today, 1984 is thirty-five years in the past. Yet, here we still are to talk about it.  More […]

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A young man I’ve known since he was an infant has decided he is a woman. His girlfriend—who originally signed on to what she believed to be a heterosexual relationship—is thus far “supportive,” presumably willing to be an involuntary lesbian if that means holding onto her man.  But they wanted a child. So my young […]

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Been away. Missed the Club. Missed my Schweppes, the authentic tonic mixer.  If you recognize the above, you are probably my age — that is, old. From age 58 to 72, I taught English as a Second Language in a semi-rural Virginia county at three elementary, a middle and a high school. I started writing […]

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Welcome to the Celestial Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for August 22, 2017 it’s the Liberal Eclipse edition of the show with your hosts Todd Feinburg, radio talk show host, and Mike Stopa, nanophysicist. This week, beneath ominous and foretelling skies we bring you ominous and foretelling tales both ancient and modern of the fates of our times. We will talk about the following Orwellian premise: how can you sort out truth from fiction when all messaging is biased? Whatever happened to unbiased journalism? Was it ever more than a myth?

And then we will discuss the defection (I almost wrote another similar-sounding word there that would have been more appropriate) of one Julian Krein from (so he says) the Trump defenders over to the Bill Kristol/Jennifer Rubin/Bret Stephens/etc. etc. wing, the so-called “irrelevant wing” of the conservative movement. Krein writes:

The Urge to Purge

 

HoopSkirtAs I’ve said before, the primitive desire to purge our society of anything that makes us feel bad, particularly things that relate to history (no matter how far removed we are from the events in question) will continue, unabated, until people stand up and say “enough.”

Consider this opinion piece in the Washington Post, headlined “Remove the Southern belle from her inglorious perch.” The author, Elizabeth Boyd, makes the case for banning the hoop skirt. Yes, you read that correctly: The hoop skirt must be banned. But that’s not all.

Boyd, a “research associate in American Studies at the University of Maryland,” predictably trots out Dylan Roof’s murderous rampage as the rhetorical foot-in-the-door before urging the elimination of not only the Confederate flag, but a whole laundry list of cultural artifacts she connects to evil.

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You might wonder where this phrase comes from–the law of the jungle–which we take to mean, lawlessness spelled out in a fine turn of phrase. Kipling thought otherwise, in fact he makes quite a lot in a book for kids about something serious. Jungle is another name for forest. It is the world in which […]

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Bask in the Crazy: Hate Speech

 

Though the bulk of a conservative’s time engaging liberal arguments is best spent addressing their most pointed and nuanced positions, I believe we should occasionally indulge ourselves by reveling in their worst arguments and fringe elements. Arguments such as this piece by Tanya Cohen which flips George Orwell the proverbial bird.

Published on the site Thought Catalogue — a name is straight out of an Orwell novel — Cohen makes the case that the United States trails far behind such paragons of virtue as Turkey, Jordan, Russia and India when it comes to basic human rights.