“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.
So a TV calls a bunch of people that are against firearms together and one firearm businessman, then all of them proceed to talk about how germans aren’t eligible to own firearms because they are apparently “dumb sheep who cannot defend themselves”.
Is that how germany works nowadays?
What is this, if not a progress towards police state?
I am disgusted.
Here in Czech Republic we are allowed to carry whichever semiautomatic firearm we can conceal, firearm ownership being legalised after experience with nazi and communist regimes, both disarming and subseqently terrorising/killing the country’s populace. Firearm legalisation was and is a part of democracy to us- our goverment believes that our citizens aren’t mass murderers nor idiotic sheep- we are citizens who are allowed to keep firearms for sports shooting and self defense, because there is no reason why healthy citizens should not have them. We are citizens who can own firearms because our state does not need to limit them- our goverment does not endanger us through its decisions. And when there is a foreign threat, be it russian or perhaps a terrorist attack, we have armed citizens that can prevent the worst. Armed citizens that are not cannon fodders but know what a firearm is and how it operates. Armed citizens that are taught precisely how to operate their firearm before they are issued their licenses, something that isn’t a martial art that you would have to learn for 15 years in order to be effective at, as the officer would like us to believe.
And yet Czechs aren’t a bunch of warring psychopats these people would like to see us as. In fact, the only incident happened when a long time holder developed schizophrenia that the psychologist he was sent to failed to identify. A single incident entailed a legal weapon, something you can not say for illegal firearms. Something that is apparently too many, when the police officer claims “170 000 bulglaries are not enough to warrant a firearm for defending your own life”.
And now after Nazis and Soviets there is another foreign goverment that would want to disarm us, namely the European Union. Despite not being comparable to the previous regimes the exact same thing may happen again. Why? Because in face of the security threat EU countries are facing, we are not the sheep they would want? And they mask it through falsely claiming this will help fight terrorists, knowing that it wont, knowing full well that these attackers used weapons imported from former yugoslavia that the law can’t reach. Knowing full well that there is absolutely nothing they can do against black market firearms. Because unfortunately, firearms are going to stay here, because people, even bad ones, run the world, not laws on paper. Balkan and other areas of the world is littered with illegal firearms that are easy to transport within Europe, especially considering our loose borders. The only thing EU can guarantee is that black market firearms become an ever better business, with formerly law abiding citizens taking their security in their own hands as it happens in Libya, for example. That is something we most defnitely do not want.
1984 is on 3rd rank at German Amazon list…. this week 😉
Les terroristes et les fonctionnaires de l’Europe ont le même objectif :
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