I am reading 1984 by George Orwell again. Can’t say I recall when I read it last. What I enjoy the most now with technology is the ability to e-highlight and then list them for review later. I thought doing some posts on what I am reading would be useful and I can move them to a separate page when I have enough. Here is my first highlight from last week describing how the Government in 1984 easily handles discontent from its bewildered and dumbed-down populace (emphasis mine)…
“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.”
The parallel to Americans today is astonishing. “Wrapping yourself in the flag,” as we Libertarians like to call it, is the blind “primitive patriotism” that Americans wear with vigor and pride on their puffed out chests. Globetrotting warfare and an endless cavalcade of free social programs paid for with loans taken against the incomes of future generations are never questioned, as long as it’s something our Government deems good and necessary, “for America and Americans.” Simply replace, “longer working hours” with a “stagnant economy void of opportunity” and “shorter rations” with “dollar devastation and rampaging debt.”
What struck me the most from this quote is the reference to the proles (citizens) failure to grasp larger Government failures and tyranny because they lack “general ideas.” Americans, on the whole, have no sound footing from which to measure the actions of their own Government. They have no “general idea,”…but I do, and so do other Patriots like me.
Years ago, my epiphany came to me because I realized that if you judge Government using ethics, a “general idea” which is as immutable as physics, it is clear and obvious to see the wild transgressions and tyrannical rampaging that our Government engages in. It’s as if someone gave me prescription glasses for the first time in a world I was previously stumbling over rocks through.
Americans lack ethics. Every platform or subject matter from the Middle East, to abortion, to the open bottle law, to jaywalking, is currently measured by the proles by personal and popular opinion at large, which shifts and moves like the Gobi sands. Because Americans have no solid grounding, no gravity, no E=MC2, from which to gauge and measure and judge the world around them, then all laws and all legislation and all social problems are nothing more than an aggregate of opinions based on Google trends, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and whatever Oprah and Ben Affleck said today on The View adjusted for the demographics of age, geography, religion and ethnicity which, in a word, is a total mess that is grounded on absolutely nothing solid.
And as the quote from 1984 teaches us, because the beliefs of citizens are essentially based on nothing but the vast and wild drivel of popular opinion, their discontent, if any, goes nowhere, because they are only capable of focusing and opining on one specific grievance at any one time, probably whatever is trending on Reddit, but certainly not in excess of the most ‘Likes’ on Facebook. They opine on the FCC involvement in the internet, the private emails of Hillary, the gun running of Fast & Furious, the tyranny of IRS targeting and Operation Chokepoint and eminent domain abuse not from the grounded immutable position of ethics, but from the group-think and echo chamber of their friends, social media, the MSM, Hollywood and whatever is most self-gratuitous to believe.
While ethics provides a steadfast and unwavering solution to each and every one of these problems where each of these problems is but a small example of a much larger and general Government evil, what we see today is every solution Americans provide simply based on the plurality opinion of today on a singular and “petty specific grievance” and nothing more, thus, “the larger evils invariably escape their notice.”
Americans. Destroying the nation one Reddit at a time.
Categories: Government Failures