“Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”- George Orwell
Written by Biloxi
I remember reading George Orwell’s book 1984 in the early 80’s and thought this country would never be like this in the year of 1984 and in the future. Well, we are in 2016, and our freedoms this country (i.e. privacy of the phone and internet, 1st Amendment rights, right to vote, right to choose who we love, the rights of women, and so on) are feared to be under attack. As Thomas Jefferson said “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” But then again, as Alexander Hamilton said “Those that stand for nothing fall for anything.” Many in this country have become interested in being entertained than educated. It is hard to say that but it is truthful. This Presidential election has been heated, violent, misinformed, and yet has dominated news in this country than other important issues that do matter.
Back to the Orwell’s book 1984, I draw some parallel of his book as we are viewing of what is happening in our country as whole such as federal, state, county, city, and local. This pic above with the name INGSOC displayed is the banner of the Party in the 1984 film adaptation of the book.
Here is the excerpt of the plot of Orwell’s book 1984:
The class hierarchy of Oceania has three levels:
- (I) the upper-classInner Party, the elite ruling minority, who make up 2% of the population.
- (II) the middle-classOuter Party, who make up 13% of the population.
- (III) the lower-classProles (from proletariat), who make up 85% of the population and represent the uneducated working class.
As the government, the Party controls the population with four ministries:
- theMinistry of Peace deals with war and defence.
- theMinistry of Plenty deals with economic affairs (rationing and starvation).
- theMinistry of Love deals with law and order (torture and brainwashing).
- theMinistry of Truth deals with news, entertainment, education and art (propaganda).