1984 in 2017


When George Orwell (pen name of Eric Arthur Blair) wrote ‘1984’ in 1949, technical gizmos were quite rudimentary. Except for the radio and the movie screens, there were no commercially available television sets, no Internet, no mobile phones, no jet travel, no satellites, etc., etc. Nevertheless, Orwell envisioned technical tools (not developed at the time) and employed them in his dystopian novel to help convey institutionalized evil that were becoming entrenched features of all modern states, capitalist or otherwise. At the time of Orwell’s writing the industrially advanced countries of the West were leveraging their knowhow to usher the arrival of totalitarianism a la ‘the technics’, while the political East was implementing totalitarianism via terror! To Orwell, the most important material to work with were not the gadgets as such,(actual or envisioned) but the general human condition, specifically the evil side of the dominant species, amplified by modernity’s narcissism and its loyal foot soldiers, the born psychopaths/sociopaths. This is what‘1984’was/is all about!

Institutionalized evil is one of the anchoring structures of late modernity. Professions in this ever-widening sector are now ‘respected’ and even glamorized, compliment of the deep state and its affiliated entertainment media. Here again is our definition of the deep state. Deep state = military-intelligence-industrial-banking-media-complex. Moviemakers, like Hollywood, (at the service of dominant interests) thrive on the dark theme of espionage, blackmail, murder, etc. The status quo has managed to convince the gullible global sheeple (human mass) that these activities of the intelligence community are necessary and good. Remember movies like, ‘James Bond’, etc.? If truth be told, espionage is a vocation that spreads suspicion amongst global humanity. It tends to attract weak characters who always prefer dark operations away from enlightening sunshine! It is hoped the current revelations of the CIA’s structure and day-to-day operations, by Wikileaks, will go a long way in informing the global sheeple as to the evil and vileness of these modern institutions.

As the secret protectors of the increasingly polarizing global order, ‘intelligence’ institutions of the industrially advanced societies, operate with impunity! These extensive outfits (Snowden’s revelations) leverage the sweat and blood of the sheeple, (taxation) for the purposes of outright evil deeds, supposedly employed to protect and benefit the masses. The operations and budgets of the intelligence community are not even seriously monitored let alone controlled by elected officials, lest such enthusiasm encounter ‘intended accidents’! Unfortunately, this is the modus operandi of the ‘intelligence community’ all over the so-called modern nation states! The real strength of the ‘intelligence community’ is during times of relative peace. Once the sheeple refuses to adhere to the logic of the reigning order, i.e., launch a revolution of its own; the first institutions to go are those of the ‘intelligence’. If and when broad based internal insurrection usurps power, it is not the secret institutions of the old order that prevail, but rather the will of the people. On the other hand, the military intelligence, which, for all practical purposes, is just another wing of the military, can slumber along with the new ministry of war, euphemistically called the ‘ministry of defense’!

It is now clear that bringing these institutions under democratic control will not be easy during times of relative peace. A full scale uprising of the sheeple (revolution) might be needed to dismantle the currently operating evil institutions! Just look at what is happening in the US today! These institutions operate like the ‘Mafia’ and share some common principles with it, which includes, amongst other things, secretly eliminating those who stand for meaningful justice, transparency and democracy! In the current global scenario operators in these organizations don’t seem to stand for the various Republics (be it the US Republic, the Ethiopian Republic, etc.) Their allegiance seem to be, first and foremost, to themselves, to perpetuation their existence and to grab more power from existing democratic space. To be fair, there are always brave souls like Snowden, Manning, Assange and many others that come out in the open (from time to time) to expose the gross abuse of power that continuously takes place in these publicly funded entities. Here is Wikileaks’ password to its recently revealed massive CIA data. “Splinter It In to A Thousand Pieces And Scatter It Into The Winds”

This is the same phrase John F. Kennedy used in regards to the then (modest sized) CIA. Unfortunately, it was his brain that ended up ‘scattered into the winds…’ and not the CIA! Following are some more memorable quotes, highlighting same sentiment.

‘We were taught under the old ethic that man’s business on this earth was to look out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle; the ethic of the wild beast. Take care of yourself, no matter what may become of your fellow man. Thousands of years ago the question was asked; ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ That question has never yet been answered in a way that is satisfactory to civilized society. Yes, I am my brother’s keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality but by the higher duty I owe myself. What would you think me if I were capable of seating myself at a table and gorging myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving to death’: Eugene V. Debs (speech in 1908). ‘Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity. Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.’ US Supreme court Justice Louis Brandeis.

Here is one of our favorites: A Cherokee Indian chief was teaching his grandson about life…”A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego. The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”The old chief replied,” The one you feed.” Good Day!