Totalitarian Fiction. Only one of these I haven’t read, the rest multiple times. A few hundred pages can get you quite an education.
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Here’s a pair of books on four men of the 20th Century that still speak to us today: Churchill and Orwell and A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War. Not one of them was a talking head or armchair expert. Each was a veteran of one or more of the century’s — and mankind’s — worst wars.
Winston Churchill warned there was no appeasing totalitarian governments. Evil regimes only ceased their scourge when facing a people who refused to surrender. Churchill’s prophetic voice was nearly ignored in this, and of what the world was to become in the Cold War. Flaws and all, he reached a level few “leaders” today can approach.
George Orwell experienced in the Spanish Civil War that all totalitarian governments were indistinguishable — whether fascist or communist — in their aims and results. His politics were polar opposite of Churchill’s, but they arrived at the same truths through life, not hypothetical debate. His books Animal Farm and 1984 emerged from those experiences, becoming timeless warnings that wherever power existed, abuse of that power would occur.
After surviving the trenches of World War I, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien became academic scholars. While their contemporaries were writing dismal books on the dark future of humanity, Lewis and Tolkien refused to give in to such defeatism. They eschewed the materialistic and naturalistic philosophies that had brought the world to its knees, and were also being used to paint a future of darkness for humanity. Their fantasy novels were more than fairy tales — they unveiled the hope and the Story that had been gifted to men and women — and that Evil could be crushed.
Out of a dark age came these bright lights. We would be dangerously amiss to snuff them out.
“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.
“Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism.
“Orwell feared we would become a captive audience. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.
“Orwell feared that we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy.
“As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny ‘failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.’ In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure.” – Neil Postman
After President Trump’s advisor, Kellyanne Conway, made an odd comment about “alternative facts,” others quickly noted the similarity to the concept of “newspeak” in George Orwell’s classic, dystopian novel 1984. Newspeak was the language used to control and shape the thoughts of people. To be fair, terms like “fake news” and “alt-right” are also Orwellian, as well as how many in the media and Washington (from both sides) try to manipulate people and thoughts. Thanks to all of this, Orwell’s book, along with similar classics like A Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451, went to the top of bestseller lists.
And that made me laugh.
These are books on how governments, politicians and the media manipulate, control and monitor (Big Brother) the thoughts, beliefs and actions of the people.
Do the politicians and media really want the people reading these books? Do they want you to realize, that on a daily basis, that they have become what the Orwells of the world warned us about?
They may just have opened Pandora’s Box and there’s no closing that.
P.S. I had wondered if people even read these books in school anymore; perhaps these sales show they have not. It is also amusing to see the media and politicians lecturing us on truth, such as Dan Rather, who got himself in trouble for pushing “fake but accurate” news (talk about Orwellian). The media and politics are riddled with truthtwisters – perhaps Orwell will help more people realize this.
In a country of over 300 million people, we freely give power to a tiny percentage of people and pay little attention to what they do.
We often live to regret it.
Orwell, Bradbury and Huxley warned us of what governments become. Sometimes we listen, more often that not, we don’t. Fiction, however, is a powerful wake-up call and Agenda 21 joins these other novels of warning.
Set in the near future, it depicts a dystopian America after the full effects of the real-life Agenda 21 has been implemented for many years. Agenda 21 started out as some vague U.N. proclamations about protecting the environment and the poor. Then it became more specific in its intent in stripping private property and wealth of all levels to equalize all people around the world. Of course, “equalize” means taking from people all of the rights and freedoms that allow them to be human. People moved to communities where everyone lives the same with virtually no possessions. No books. No television. No Internet. Everything, down to the amount and type of food eaten and children born, is controlled by people who “know better.” A frightening future.
Even more so considering that the Agenda 21 policy really exists. A quick search finds many politicians here and abroad that support its intents and probable results.
“It would never go as far as this book depicts or those other fear-mongering novels claim!” Well, folks, even here in the U.S. we locked up citizens in prison camps in World War II because they had Japanese heritage. Woodrow Wilson went after people who opposed World War I. Even the hero of the Republic, Abraham Lincoln, shut down papers critical of him during the Civil War.
Don’t say it can’t happen here, because it has. People let their rights be trampled on because they were convinced it was okay. Then they said it would never happen again. Then it did.
People in power — both those that believe they know better than you and those who really want to oppress you — will often be very subtle in their actions. A little change at a time. Vaguely worded laws. Or they will use tragedy, war or disaster to convince you that suspending or giving up rights is the right thing to do. Or maybe they just want to modify your rights, make you think that they are a bit outdated or unfair. Then you wake up one day and ask, “What happened?”
Just ask the Germans in 1945.
That’s why novels like Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck and Harriet Parke are important. I know political fundies will lose their mind when they see Glenn Beck’s name on the book, but this isn’t about party politics. Agenda 21 is a real menace not only to our Constitution, but our human rights. Opposition is growing and crosses all political lines. Those duped by its reasonable sounding protect our planet and resources mandates are taking a second look. If it was only about those things, no one would care. We all wished our politicians cared further than the next election. Agenda 21 doesn’t stop at finding ways to help the poor or stop environmental destruction.
It’s about the wholesale end to the individual and their birthright to live free and unoppressed and without fear. And it’s very clear in its intent to do so.
So read Agenda 21. This is really what some envision the world should be like. They will say it won’t be that extreme, but you should notice something.
They won’t deny what they are planning. What they want to do this world.
Will people wake-up from their fantasy that the government would never do anything to harm them? Many people will remain hypnotized by their bread and circuses. Fooled by the smoke and mirrors of the politicians.
For the rest of you, put your politics and special interests away, start paying attention and take back your future.
For once, stop and think about what freedom really is. It’s not a buzzword. Not about a flag or country.
Freedom is about your human rights to speak, think and worship as you choose, figuring out for yourself what your ideal life should be and being allowed to defend your life against evil in the world. These are rights man has spent centuries trying to achieve and protect. Don’t take any of these things for granted. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s okay to give up any part of these rights.
If you can’t figure out why, read books like 1984, A Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451 or Agenda 21 and see what lays in store. Take some time to pay attention what is aleady being pushed by politicians in America and elsewhere if you don’t already.
If you aren’t already frightened, you will be.