“Don’t let it happen! It depends on you!” was the final warning of George Orwell, author of “1984”, which was not meant as a manual.
George Orwell (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950) must have been a prophet – as lots of the things he wrote 1948 in his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four became reality, same is valid for his novel Animal Farm. Many phrases of his invented surveillance state – such as ‘Big Brother is watching you’, ‘newspeak’ and ‘doublethink’ – entering popular use.
I have read both books, the latter one we even discussed in the early 80ies for more than six month in English course at high school. I also read Aldous Huxley novel Brave New World in school. Seems both authors are nowadays ignored in public education. What a pity!
1984 vs. Brave New World
They are both predictions of societies dominated by a central government, based on extensions of the trends of their times. But the ruling class of 1984 use brutal force, torture, and mind control to keep rebellious individuals in line, while Brave New World rulers keep citizens in line through addictive drugs and pleasurable distractions.
In October 1949, after reading 1984, Huxley sent a letter to Orwell stating his belief that it would be more efficient for rulers to stay in power through the softer touch – allowing citizens to self-seek pleasure as a means of control rather than brute force, allowing for a false sense of freedom:
- “Within the next generation I believe that the world’s rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience.”
Elements of both novels can be seen in modern-day societies, with Huxley’s vision being more dominant in the West and Orwell’s vision more dominate with dictators in ex-communist countries and the theocracies and dictators of the Middle East, as pointed out in essays that compare the two novels.
The most impressing sentence of above snippet of the 95 minutes documentary is this one:
and his recommandation:
“Don’t let it happen! It depends on you!”
Let’s see what I found today in the social nets:
IT IS THE EU THAT IS TRULY ‘EUROPHOBIC’
This is fundamentally what the EU represents: institutionalised distrust of the peoples of Europe. Its mission is to remove political and moral decision-making from the national electorates of Europe because it doesn’t trust them; it installed technocratic governments or financial regimes in Greece, Italy and Ireland because it doesn’t trust those people; it fearmongers about prejudice in Eastern Europe because it doesn’t trust anyone east of Vienna. If, as the dictionary says, Europhobia is ‘dislike for or hostility to Europe and Europeans’, then the EU is the citadel of Europhobia; it is the institutionalisation of Europhobia.
And that is why those of us who love Europe, who trust European peoples to determine their affairs better than any suit in Brussels could, and who want to offer solidarity rather than sermons to our European brothers and sisters, should wholly reject the EU.
The optimistic, humanistic thing for true Europeans to do is to call for the dismantling of all EU institutions, so that the peoples of Europe might make decisions for themselves, and work together as they see fit.
History repeats itself
We live nowadays in a world where the leaders do not trust in their citizens; where the elites live in an ivory tower and fear the people. And this is the reason why they want to disarm the people. Whilst Turkey takes Orwell’s way, the European Union walks on Huxley’s tracks.
They invented rules in Brussels where public opinon has nearly no chance at all – only bureaucrats can formulate their will.
They invented programs to pacify the people: public polls, surveys, ‘written questions’, ombudsman and bodies who should work as a bridge between civil society and Brussels. But polls and surveys with the “wrong” outcome are ignored, “written questions” are not answered or answered with lies and ombudsman and bodies ignore your letters.
They invented a sort of Orwell’s “Ministry of Truth” by “harmonizing” the press which supports instead of critizises the government and also by discriminating “hate speech” (not all hate speech, but only the one, the government does not approve).
In most European countries – but Finland, Czech Republic, Malta and Slovakia – the European Firearms Directive does not show up in the media. Nearly no political party discuss it, no TV Show talks about it. I really tried it in my country Germany. Since Silvester in Cologne I was interviewed a lot, I was even guest in two Talk Shows. But nobody wanted to ask me about the Firearms Directive – they only wanted to know how many pepper sprays I sold.
So what can we do?
Read and spread the informations we collect. Inform your local politician and newspaper. The truth must be told.