SmartScarecrow

just another guy with straw for brains …

Its official, Emmanuel Goldstein, errrrr, Osama bin Laden is dead !!!

The classic social science fiction novel 1984 was written in 1948 by George Orwell.

The novel caused a number of new terms to be added to the English language.

“Big Brother”
“doublethink”
“thoughtcrime”
“newspeak”
“memory hole”

The novel popularized the adjective, “Orwellian”, which refers to lies, surveillance, and/or manipulation of the past in the service of a totalitarian agenda.

1984 occurs in Oceania, one of three intercontinental super states who divided the world among themselves after a global nuclear war which followed World War Two.

Most of the action takes place in London, the “chief city of Airstrip One”, the Oceanic province that “had once been called England or Britain”.

Posters of the Party leader, Big Brother, bearing the caption BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU attack the landscape, while the telescreen monitors the private and public lives of the populace.

The social class system of Oceania is threefold:

the upper-class Inner Party (less than 2% of population),
the middle-class Outer Party,
and the lower-class Proles (from Proletariat), who make up 85% of the population and represent the working class.

The government controls the population via four government ministries:

the Ministry of Peace
the Ministry of Plenty,
the Ministry of Love,
the Ministry of Truth, where protagonist Winston Smith, a member of the Outer Party, works as an editor revising historical records to concord the past to the contemporary party line orthodoxy, that changes daily and deletes the official existence of people identified as unpersons.

In 1984, there is a perpetual war between Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia.

Aside from the fact that there is a perpetual state of war between a shifting alliance of the three “super states”, there is a more sinister enemy of the people.

Emmanuel Goldstein’s persona is as the enemy of the state, the national nemesis used to ideologically unite Oceanians with the Party …

he is the leader of a counter revolutionary group called, “The Brotherhood” …

and he is the author of “The Book” (The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism) …

“The Book” explains that each of the three super states is so strong it cannot be defeated, even with the combined forces of two super states despite changing alliances.

“The book” also explains that the purpose of the un-winable, perpetual war is to consume human labor and commodities, hence the economy of a super-state cannot support economic equality, a high standard of living, for every citizen.

In his “Collected Essays”, Orwell himself said of 1984 …

My recent novel is NOT intended as an attack on Socialism or on the British Labor Party, of which I am a supporter,

but as a show-up of the perversions … which have already been partly realized in Communism and Fascism …

The scene of the book is laid in Britain in order to emphasize that the English-speaking races are not innately better than anyone else,

and that totalitarianism, if not fought against, could triumph anywhere.

Totalitarianism …  that is the TRUE enemy of any peoples who would dare to consider themselves FREE …

Thankfully, it turned out that Orwell was wrong.

I lived through the 1960’s, the 1970’s and the 1980’s …

Much of those decades were turbulent, there were wars and rumors of wars but never the BIG one that Orwell predicted would result in the formation of the constantly waring three super states …

In fact, what might have spawned the Eurasian super state, the Soviet Union, collapsed in 1981 not in violence but in relative peace …

It looked to many as if we might have totally dodged the bullet predicted by Orwell, myself included.

Then in 1993, the formation of the European Union was officially announced …

Rumors started circulating about the possible formation of a “North American Union” … and potentially an “Asian Union” …

Then on September 11th, 2001, things took a dramatic turn for the worse …

The United States suffered a severe blow to its innocence when three passenger airliners were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center and one of the most heavily defended buildings in the country, the Pentagon …

Within hours, the United States had a new “national nemesis” …

some bearded guy who lived in a cave somewhere in Afghanistan, named Osama bin Laden …

We were told over and over and over again by our “telescreens”, errr, television news, that this guy Osama bin Laden and his shadowy terrorist organization, Al-Queda had done what no major foreign power had ever been able to do …

he was able to penetrate the most heavily defended air space in the world to deal the United States a crippling blow …

3000 innocents died …  and our innocence died with them …

Our leaders were quick to respond to this new challenge …

the war on “TERRORISM” was launched …

Osama bin Laden was made public enemy number one …

the US launched an invasion of Afghanistan where bin Laden was reported to be hold up …

and soon after, Iraq because there was evidence that the leadership of Iraq was in league with the terrorists and were building “weapons of mass destruction” …

Forgotten was the investigation of the “Technology Stock Bubble” caused by Wall Street greed …

Forgotten was the missing 1.2 TRILLION DOLLARS from the Department of Defense that had been announced by Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, just the day before 9/11 …

Now, instead of having to account for the 25% of their budget that had been misplaced, the Defense Department and its favorite contractors were showered more money than ever before …

after all, we’re at war … a nation at war has to adjust its priorities a bit …

So began Orwell’s predicted, perpetual un-winable war against an enemy who is constantly shape shifting …

at this point its been going on for nearly 10 years and there is no end in sight …

the corporate news media has become the Ministry of Truth, speaking only the party line without question …

loyal opposition who question the party line or present evidence that contradicts the official version of events are accused of being unpatriotic, in league with the terrorists or just generally kook factored …

many of them have fled the country …

we now have a new “Department of Homeland Security” to ensure the peace and safety of all Americans …

and all we had to give up was little chunk of the Constitution and few minor pieces of the Bill of Rights …

not a bad price to pay for a warm feeling of security, eh ???

So now the Ministry of Truth has told us that the great nemesis, Emmanuel Goldstein, errrr,  Tim Osman, errrr, Osama bin Laden has been killed by a team of Navy seals and buried at sea …

is it over now ???  can I have my bill of rights back now ???  can all the boys and girls fighting shadows all over the world come home now ???

what do you think ???

I am from a generation of Americans that has watched the governments lie to their people over and over and over again …

I am suspicious of anything the government does or says …

I remember the Gulf of Tonkin …

I remember the USS Liberty …

I have read my history and know well the story of the Reichstag fire …

Its a common tactic for governments to use external threats to distract their population from internal problems that they are either unable or unwilling to address …

And so we examine the results of the past 10 years with a critical eye …

the worst economy since the great depression …

wealth transfers from everyone to the top few percent of the population faster than ever in human history …

a debt load to be left to our progeny that mathematics says cannot possibly ever be repaid …

thousands of our sons and daughters dead …

millions of civilians dead …

huge tracts of Iraq and Afghanistan contaminated with depleted uranium …

but hey, we got Osama bin Laden, right ???   right ???

What if Osama bin Laden really did die of kidney failure in December of 2001 in the mountains of Tora Bora as was reported by news agencies everywhere except HERE …

Could the past 10 years have been an Orwellian nightmare ???

and now that Osama has been officially pronounced dead, who will take his place as our “national nemesis”?

Muammar Gaddafi of Lybia ???
Bashar al-Assad of Syria ???
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran ???

stay tuned to your telescreen to be told who to focus your “two minutes of hate” against …




The last official act of a government is to loot the treasury  …  George Washington



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