Thursday, December 02, 2004

Big Brother and the Holding Company

It wasn't that long ago ... was it? Seems like it was just a few years ago that 1984 was an unreachable date. I read Orwell's novel in 1968 and was intrigued about his vision - yes, I am a child of the 60s and can testify about visions, war and peace, dissention, General Hersyberger and burning draft cards. The Kent State Massacre, the My Lai Massacre. I can also testify about what it was like to be in a war zone, I mean combat zone... since Congress never declared war on the Viet Cong or the NVA, or the NLF. I can remember the chant, “HO HO HO CHI MINH, THE NLF IS GOING TO WIN” - The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and Yacht Club.

Fast forward to Kiev - photos of a girl placing a flower (in the dead of winter) into the barrel of a policeman's rifle while he stands firmly entrenched in a police riot control line.



Ukrainian riot police stand behind a fence decorated with flowers at the entrance of the presidential office in central Kiev December 2, 2004. Ukraine's opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko promised his orange clad supporters jamming Kiev's Independence Square that their round the clock vigil would bring victory, as the country awaited word from the Supreme Court on the contested presidential election. (Peter Andrews/Reuters)

Replace the flower power of the 60's with that of Dec. 2, 2004, when tens of thousands marched in Kiev to protest rigged elections in the Ukraine. Damn, Bob Dylan was right... the times, they are a changing. We won the cold war because Russia ran out of money first. This is heavy stuff, people. No more commie cold war, no more King Richard (Nixon). Volunteers of Amerika where are you? Where are the protest songs? Where are the leaders... Abby Hoffman’s “Steal This Book” needs to be reprinted. Where are the Merry Pranksters. Time for the “Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.”

1984, in Orwell's vision, would have been the culmination of colliding futures and galaxies, with every star ripping the fabric from its neighbor. Yesterday? No, 20 years have passed and there was more revealed to us that has occurred as envisioned by George Orwell, than not, i.e., About 1 hour, 8 minutes into the movie version of Ninteen Eighty-Four, Winston reads from "Goldstein's Book"... "In accordance with the principles of doubthink it does not matter if the war is not real, or when it is, victory is not possible. The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. The essential act of modern warfare is the destruction of the produce of human labour. A hierarchical society is only possible and the basis of poverty and ignorance. In principle, the war effort is always planned to keep society of the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects. And its object is not victory over Eurasia or Eastasia, but to keep the very structure of society in tact."

Although this is not exactly what Orwell wrote, the filmakers fairly accurately summed up the ideas presented in the third chapter of Goldstein's Book/, "War is Peace."

For comparison, this is the "quote" from Fahrenheit911...

"It does not matter if the war is not real, or when it is, victory is not possible. The war is not meant to be won, but it is meant to be continuous. A hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. This new version is the past and no different past can ever have existed. In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or Eastasia but to keep the very structure of society in tact"

Scary? I think so. Big Brother - Big Brother and the Holding Company! Not the exact segue I was seeking, but self-explanatory.

Seems like there is too much going on in this world that defies accountability, like the newspeak phrase "enemy combatants." If only Hitler would have called the Jews "Enemy Combatants." Now who in the hell came up with that one and invented it's implications for those so labled. I am very disappointed in our response to Gitmo and the way we are handling our war on the jihadists. I wrote my senators, congressmen, and the president and received the Big Brother party-line responses “... we appreciate your concern and want to assure you that the sky is not falling.” Excuse me? The sky IS falling, you idiots. Wake up! Look up! Shake up the new world order that makes us fall in step with the machine.

Accountability ensures democratic ideals prevail. I am concerned about the continued head-in-the-sand mindsets of our representatives. The buck doesn't stop with Tenet, it stops squarely at the desk of the Village Idiot and those who do nothing to be heard.