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What Josh Hawley doesn't get about George Orwell

Historian Laura Beers puts a growing number of references to George Orwell by prominent US Republicans in context, writing that while Orwell abhored censorship and likely would not have supported the de-platforming of Donald Trump or the cancelation of Josh Hawley's book contract, he also would also have despised how both men have corrupted and abused political language.
Tags: US, Cnn, George Orwell, Donald Trump, Orwell, Josh Hawley, Laura Beers


"In his illuminating book 'The Ministry of Truth' a biography of '1984' and its influence, Dorian Lynskey makes a persuasive case that..."

"... the novel is structured in a way that heightens its ambiguity. Yes, the brute force of totalitarianism is an inextricable theme, but the novel’s narration — with its texts within texts — also enacts its own phantasmagoria, a world where both everything is true and nothing is true. Lynskey credits Orwell with anticipating what Hannah Arendt would describe in 'The Origins of Totalitarianism,' published a year after Orwell died: 'The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi...
Tags: Books, England, Law, Nazis, George Orwell, Communism, Language, Propaganda, Orwell, Ministry of Truth, Hannah Arendt, Ann Althouse, Lynskey, Dorian Lynskey, Jennifer Szalai


Why the right and left both want George Orwell on their side

Historian Laura Beers puts a growing number of references to George Orwell by prominent US Republicans in context, writing that while Orwell abhored censorship and likely would not have supported the de-platforming of Donald Trump or the cancelation of Josh Hawley's book contract, he also would also have despised how both men have corrupted and abused political language.
Tags: US, Cnn, George Orwell, Donald Trump, Orwell, Josh Hawley, Laura Beers


Opinion: Why the right and left both want George Orwell on their side

The English writer George Orwell, who died more than 70 years ago, is experiencing a resurgence of popularity among the political right. Last week, Donald Trump Jr. reacted to Twitter's decision to ban his father from the social media platform with a tweet of his own: "We are living Orwell's 1984. Free-speech no longer exists in America. It died with big tech and what's left is only there for a chosen few."
Tags: News, America, George Orwell, Stories, Orwell, Donald Trump Jr


Opinion: What Josh Hawley doesn't get about George Orwell

The English writer George Orwell, who died more than 70 years ago, is experiencing a resurgence of popularity among the political right. Last week, Donald Trump Jr. reacted to Twitter's decision to ban his father from the social media platform with a tweet of his own: "We are living Orwell's 1984. Free-speech no longer exists in America. It died with big tech and what's left is only there for a chosen few."
Tags: News, America, George Orwell, Stories, Orwell, Donald Trump Jr, Josh Hawley


We Need A Moratorium On Comparisons To Orwell’s ‘1984’

Especially for some folks, writes former high school English teacher Rachel Klein. “‘This is just like 1984!’ the right-wing mob cries as it changes the very meaning of words to suit its nefarious aims. ‘So Orwellian!’ its leaders cry as they demand unthinking fealty to an unhinged, unquestioned leader. … It’s a text that allows them to frame themselves as the victim of their own unacknowledged atrocities. … What white supremacist insurrectionist wouldn’t see himself in Orwell’s hapless hero of...
Tags: Art, Words, Orwell, Rachel Klein, 01.13.21


Four Books to Understand how Reality Works and How to Deal with it

[image from The Wizard of Oz] “A fire broke out backstage in a theater. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that's just how the world will come to an end: to general applause from wits who believe it's a joke.” Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or, Part I Not assuming is a superpower. As Ray Dalio says, “Truth—more precisely, an accurate understanding of reality—is the essential foundation for producing go...
Tags: Marketing, Orwell, Ray Dalio, Valeria Maltoni


Look at the top 2 best-selling books at Amazon.

List here. Orwell's "Animal Farm" ranks high too — at #18. Isn't it amazing that "1984" seems so continually relevant? I clicked into my Kindle, and it was the book that was already open. I'd been doing a search on a word — "fight" — after it came up in the context of re-impeaching Trump:I note that the Trump quote [the Democrats included in the Article of Impeachment] did not make my list "The 7 most violence-inciting statements in Donald Trump's speech to the crowd on January 6th"! I thought...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Law, Language, Donald Trump, Orwell, Trump, Ann Althouse, Andy Ngô


Opinion: Is Ofcom Really a Witch-Hunter?

In the Daily Mail (Tue Jan 5) Dominic Sandbrook argues that Ofcom is a pious witch-hunter, stamping on free speech and he likens it to the Thought Police in Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. I fear his fears are justified. The trigger for Sandbrook’s ire is the new ruling involving ‘hate speech’ which he says could have a devastating effect on radio and television’s ability to reflect free speech … and consequently will act as a wrecking ball. He says Ofcom ‘chills me to the core.’ Dominic Sand...
Tags: Top, Opinion, Bbc, Radio, Ofcom, Orwell, Martin Campbell, Radio Authority, Dominic Sandbrook, Sandbrook


Orwell Topped Book Bestseller Lists This Weekend. But…

“1984” rose to the top of Amazon’s top-selling book list over the weekend. On Monday, it reached the No. 1 spot. Not bad for a book published in 1949. Too bad few people citing the book’s dystopian horrors in earnest seem to understand the usage. – USA Today
Tags: Amazon, Art, Words, Orwell, 01.11.21


Poets On COVID – Is This All There Is?

“This lukewarm book, largely uncompromised by alert feelings, political insight, wit, striking intellect or lightning of any variety, is — to borrow a slab of Orwell’s Newspeak — doubleplus ungood.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Orwell, 12.14.20


Did Orwell’s Early Death Save His Reputation?

Had Orwell lived even a few more years he would have been drawn into public discussions of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-four and their meaning. And had he equalled his friend Cyril Connolly’s longevity and lived into the 1970s, he would have become embroiled in controversies like the Cold War, nuclear disarmament, feminism, decolonisation, Vietnam, immigration and, who knows, Northern Ireland. – Dublin Review of Books
Tags: Art, People, Vietnam, Orwell, Cyril Connolly, 12.01.20, Northern Ireland Dublin


A year of listening to books

The COVID-19 crisis has led me to rethink a lot that I’ve taken for granted. One of the saving graces helping to get me through long days of remote teaching and evenings of doom-scrolling was the opportunity to take long walks. In the mornings, I walked before work, to wake up; in the evenings, I walked to shake off the day’s sitting and to fend off the Zoomfleisch. I walked the streets and alleys, paths and trails of my town, nodding at other walkers and keeping my six-feet away.Some days I wan...
Tags: Books, George Orwell, Orwell, Richard Burton, O'Brien, WINSTON, Simon Prebble, Emmanuel Goldstein, JoseolgonThe


Weekend reading: First they came for the capital gains…

What caught my eye this week. T his week we’ve been served notice that serious hikes to capital gains tax could be coming. The Guardian reports: A tax raid on buy-to-let properties and other forms of wealth could raise up to £14bn to help repair the government’s battered finances, after a report commissioned by the chancellor recommended a major overhaul of capital gains tax. Flagging a tax squeeze on the well-off to help pay for coronavirus, the maximum capital gains tax (CGT) rate of 28% co...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Hong Kong, Elon Musk, UK, England, London, Wales, China, Marketing, US, Canary Wharf, Bloomberg, Ap, Bbc, Atlantic


10 things we can learn from the founding fathers of America about rebuilding democracy, surviving the pandemic, and finding personal happiness

Keith Lance/Getty Images Thomas E. Ricks is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, military history columnist for The New York Times Book Review, and a visiting fellow for the history department at Bowdoin College. The following is an excerpt from his book, "First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country." In it, Ricks breaks down the philosophies of the first four American presidents and shares how the US can use these principal...
Tags: Congress, Senate, US, America, Trends, Earth, United States, Maine, House Of Representatives, John Adams, North Carolina, Donald Trump, Princeton, Madison, Orwell, Harper


The NYT mishandles a metaphor: "Democrats’ ‘Blue Wave’ Crashed in Statehouses Across the Country."

It matters more than usual which party controls the state legislatures, because 2020 was a census year, and it's time once again for the partisan game of redistricting. Even if you think you only care about Congress, the House of Representatives is at stake as these lines are drawn, creating safe districts and competitive districts for Republicans and Democrats.  I hadn't noticed any reports about the state legislatures, so I did a search. What came up first was this headline in the NYT:  "De...
Tags: Writing, Law, Senate, Pennsylvania, George Orwell, House, Arizona, Redistricting, Michigan, North Carolina, Orwell, Democratic Party, Legislature, Iowa House, Ohio Supreme Court, Storey


Amazon: WalMart of the Internet [Infographic + New Videos]

Amazon and Walmart both continue to gain in power. Did you know they’re both big into supplements, too – including those offered by third party sellers? See the full infographic at the bottom of this post.  Why Amazon, Wal-mart are Bad for Consumers I get it. People love Amazon Prime shipping and the convenience of Walmarts everywhere. But please consider the big picture and the long-term view. Personally, I don’t buy from either of them or any other corporations. If we want to improve our st...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Business, Small Business, Walmart, George Orwell, New York Times, Orwell, Joan Baez, Wal Mart, Arstechnica, News Tribune, OSHA, Larry Wiersch, Cetronia Ambulance Corps, Amazon com Amazon


Big Tech shouldn’t play favorites, especially this close to an election: Gloria Romero

In a chilling harbinger of the future, George Orwell wrote “1984” about how our liberties become extinct as information suppression and totalitarianism spreads and takes over the society. Written as fiction, it’s become a classic literary piece illustrative of the far reaching personal, social and political impacts of a totalitarian society. The unprecedented shut down by Big Tech of America’s oldest news outlet, The New York Post, can only serve as a wakeup call to freedom loving Americans to n...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Post, New York Post, California, Washington Post, Opinion, Senate, White House, China, Russia, America, Sport, Joe Biden, Netflix


In Venezuela, dystopian fiction hits close to home

There’s a certain absurdity that comes with trying to explain — in calm, simple, and objective words — a life that has become too strange to be real. At least, that’s how I feel when talking about my home country, Venezuela, where a small bottle of water has become more expensive than a barrel of gasoline, law enforcement officials are afraid to enter prisons that are ruled by criminal gangs and the minimum wage is less than five American dollars per month. Sometimes, when I try to put facts and...
Tags: Opinion, China, America, Sport, Soccer, Gop, George Orwell, Venezuela, Royal, Dianne Feinstein, Orwell, Wilder, Maduro, Ballard, Laing, Hugo Chavez


Lear Lite

Shakespeare’s writing — all of it, poetry and plays — was repulsive to Tolstoy, who claimed in a pamphlet that whenever he read Shakespeare he was overcome by “repulsion, weariness, and bewilderment.” Orwell disagreed mightily: “Finally the most striking thing is how little difference it all makes.” – Jan Herman
Tags: Art, Shakespeare, Orwell, Ajblogs, Tolstoy, 10.26.20, Lear Lite


Amazon: The Wal-Mart of the Internet [Infographic]

Amazon continues to gain in power. Did you know they’re big into supplements, too? See the full infographic at the bottom of this post.  To truly understand the future we’ll end up with if consumers keep doing most of their online shopping at Amazon, watch this: NEW: 50 Amazon Statistics That Show Their Market Crushing Dominance (Feb 20, 2020) NEW: Why Amazon Knows So Much About You (Feb 21, 2020) NEW: Panorama – Amazon: What They Know About Us (Feb 17, 2020) Amazon’s Ring is a Perfect Stor...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Business, Small Business, Walmart, George Orwell, New York Times, Orwell, Joan Baez, Wal Mart, Arstechnica, News Tribune, OSHA, Larry Wiersch, Cetronia Ambulance Corps, Amazon com Amazon


Leaked government pandemic plan? Terrifying if true...

Regular readers of this pathetic and miserable little blog, (yes all three of you) know that I like to keep it between the lines so to speak.  I like to stick with reliable and respected media, academic and government sources.  Of course the opinions expressed are my own, but the facts I use to support my views, I like them to be reputable.What I'm about to share has none of those attributes, it is merely something I have come across on social media, and I know of know way to verify it's authent...
Tags: Travel, Germany, Canada, Orwell, Committee, Imf, Cory Doctorow, Liberal Party of Canada, PMO, Gordie Canuk, COVID, World Debt Reset


Cory Doctorow: Tech Workers Are Now Questioning the Powers Technology Gives (slashdot)

"Anyone who has ever fallen in love with technology knows the amount of control that it gives you," says Cory Doctorow. But in a new interview about his recently-released scifi novel Attack Surface, he argues that many Silicon Valley employees are now having second thoughts: If you can express yourself well to a computer it will do exactly what you tell it to do perfectly, as many times as you want. Across the tech sector, there are a bunch of workers who are waking up and going: "How did I end...
Tags: News, Silicon Valley, Orwell, Cory Doctorow, Doctorow, EditorDavid


Cory Doctorow: Tech Workers Are Now Questioning the Powers Technology Gives

"Anyone who has ever fallen in love with technology knows the amount of control that it gives you," says Cory Doctorow. But in a new interview about his recently-released scifi novel Attack Surface, he argues that many Silicon Valley employees are now having second thoughts: If you can express yourself well to a computer it will do exactly what you tell it to do perfectly, as many times as you want. Across the tech sector, there are a bunch of workers who are waking up and going: "How did I end...
Tags: Tech, Silicon Valley, Orwell, Cory Doctorow, Doctorow


Recommend Audible books

Looking for some new audible listens. Went through the Jack Carr books, Jack Donovan books, some Steven Pressfield, some Orwell, some Huxley. Looking for some good listens. Currently doing the Sorrows series by Mark Goodwin. Thanks in advance.
Tags: Books, Weapon, Orwell, Movies & Stories, Steven Pressfield, Jack Donovan, Mark Goodwin, Jack Carr


Daniel Andrews’s double speak: Staying apart keeps us together

My two tweets and the short video I made: In this 11 August 2020 tweet I compared this Victorian government slogan with doublespeak slogans in Orwell's "1984". The resemblance is uncanny. This slogan has not stopped, leaving me with no option but to resign on 9 September. Liberty is never given on a platter. https://t.co/yj3il53C9t […]
Tags: Travel, Bad Ideas, Daniel Andrews, Orwell


Amazon: The Wal-Mart of the Internet

Amazon continues to gain in power. To truly understand the future we’ll end up with if consumers keep doing most of their online shopping at Amazon, watch this: NEW: 50 Amazon Statistics That Show Their Market Crushing Dominance (Feb 20, 2020) NEW: Why Amazon Knows So Much About You (Feb 21, 2020) NEW: Panorama – Amazon: What They Know About Us (Feb 17, 2020) Amazon’s Ring is a Perfect Storm of Privacy Threats (Aug 8, 2019) How Close is Amazon to Doctor Who’s Kerblam? (Nov 24, 2018) ...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Business, Small Business, Walmart, George Orwell, New York Times, Orwell, Joan Baez, Wal Mart, Arstechnica, News Tribune, OSHA, Larry Wiersch, Cetronia Ambulance Corps, Amazon com Amazon


Trump Will Be Reelected In A Landslide, But Then… VIDEOS

Opinion USA –  -(AmmoLand.com)- We are hounded daily that war is peace. Rioters and arsonists are peaceful protesters. Freedom is slavery. Covid-19 is a deadly pandemic. Face masks are for our health. We should trust the media. Ignorance is strength. The Marxist-styled-governance and draconian policies of Democratic politicians in America today can easily be found in the writings of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and in George Orwell’s “1984”. #WhiteHouseSiege in Lafayette Square, Washin...
Tags: Usa, Justice, Guns, Obama, Washington, White House, America, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Gop, George Orwell, Biden, Donald Trump, BLM, Orwell, New York City Police Department


"I recognize that my dad’s communication style is not to everyone’s taste and I know that his tweets can feel a bit unfiltered..."

Said Ivanka Trump, in her convention speech last night. Clearly, she was there to reach out to people who might like some or a lot of what Trump is doing but think there's something brutal and rough about him and nice people don't associate with that.My choice of the word "rough" makes me think of that famous line attributed to George Orwell: "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." But that has nothing to do with how the ...
Tags: Law, Obama, America, United States, George Orwell, Orwell, Trump, Ivanka, Ivanka Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Obama rhetoric, Obama and the military


The Secret Service is buying social media location data

Documents reveal that the Secret Service used Locate X as part of a social media tracking package. The service "allows investigators to draw a digital fence around an address or area, pinpoint mobile devices that were within that area, and see where else those devices have traveled, going back months."Other agencies that have used this service include the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Customs and Border Protection, the Coast Guard, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. A popular, ...
Tags: Politics, Activism, Government, Virginia, Social Media, Surveillance, Innovation, Protests, Secret Service, Orwell, Derek, Twitter Facebook, Drug Enforcement Administration, Neil Postman, U S Secret Service, Huxley