|Liberals And Conservatives Have Embraced Big Government|
The writings of George Orwell, especially with reference to his dystopian account of a future totalitarian state in Nineteen Eighty-Four, has made "Orwellian" an adjective describing a situation, idea, or societal condition that George Orwell identified as being destructive to the welfare of a free and open society. It points to an attitude and often a brutal policy of draconian control by propaganda, surveillance, misinformation, denial of truth, and manipulation of the past, including the "unperson" which can take many forms. Whether it is a person that has been expunged from the public record and thus our memory or someone so restricted in movement and opportunity that they are shunned by society and having contact with them becomes dangerous to your social standing.
Orwell depicted how governments could take on a life of their own in his novels and criticized totalitarianism throughout his writings. Totalitarianism, the most extreme and complete form of authoritarianism is a political concept that defines a mode of government, which prohibits opposition parties, restricts individual opposition to the state and its claims, and exercises an extremely high degree of control over public and private life. Political power in totalitarian states is generally held by one leader and an all-encompassing propaganda campaign, which is disseminated through the state-controlled mass media and is often marked by political repression, personality cultism, control over the economy and restriction of speech, mass surveillance and widespread use of state terrorism.
|Hitler Has Been Made The Poster-boy Of Fascism|
What is more interesting is that liberals have also "drank the kool-aid" and allowed themselves to be swept along and convinced having big-brother watching over them is beneficial. Those allowing a situation of being monitored to move forward are generally dismissive of the negative baggage that accompanies totalitarian states. In many ways, the impetus driving the creation of an Orwellian state is about values and sadly forcing yours upon everyone else whether you are a conservative or a liberal is an attack on diversification and individuality. While diversity can be seen as a double-edged sword because it often means tolerating those that are different the world would be less vibrant and a bit boring without it. Exceptionalism is the child of mankind not restrained by the limits culture often imposes.
|Facial Recognition - China Expands Its Control|
Liberals are often idealist and in search of "utopia" which is a term that was coined by Sir Thomas More and the title of his best known work. Utopia, that was published in 1516. This was More's blueprint for an ideal society with minimal crime, violence, and poverty. Unfortunately, surveillance of people can lead to a total totalitarian state where digital algorithms decide our fate and nothing can be questioned. This kind of dystopian community or society is not only undesirable and frightening it is ironically an antonym of utopia. Dystopia is defined as a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding. Dystopia is translated as "not-good place" and while politics often makes strange bedfellows this joining of both extremes willing to extend surveillance into every facet of our lives is both surprising and very troubling.
The course China has embarked upon should be raising huge cries of outrage across the world. This is happening in many countries such as Turkey, Iran, and even the UK where cameras watch and record everything and data is stored. The digital age has made it far easier for government to seize our computers and records to shape a case against anyone by massaging the data as they see fit. The reason we hear so little criticism of these actions from our government may be that we are next in line to have our freedom culled. Historian Robert Conquest describes "totalitarian" states as recognizing no limits to their authority in any sphere of public or private life and extending that authority wherever feasible. This is another way to say, power corrupts, "absolute power corrupts absolutely"
Footnote; This is part one of a five-part series that delves into how we are slipping into a "One World Orwellian Society" that removes our freedoms and relegates the average person into being nothing more than the pawn of the elites. The link below is to the ABC Australian news piece exposing how China has ramped up its "social rating program." This will give you an idea as to what we should expect.
Footnote #2; Part two and three of this series has now been published and can be viewed at the links below.
https://"Surveillance Justified" Expands Grip Of Orwellian State (Part 2).html
https://Propaganda Convinces Us It Is All For The Greater Good (part 3).html