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Blog: America's Orwellian Society

Eugene Stovall

Oakland, California

The United States measures winning its perpetual wars by counting dead bodies. Despite earlier rebuffs by the American people and Congress, Obama is now counting dead Syrian bodies. As he once boasted, he is really good at killing people.

Another way to judge who is winning a war is by the deterioration of an opponent’s social, legal and political institutions. When civil institutions behave illegality and irrationality, a government begins to lose its ability to function properly or effectively. Another sign of a deteriorating government is the failure of its authorities to behave lawfully, according to custom and in accordance with fundamental standards of human decency.

George Orwell’s classic novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, depicts such a society. In Orwell’s society, all public institutions have but one common purpose: population control. Orwell book describes how plutocrats use perpetual war to exert control over the population while bilking the treasury. Furthermore, Orwell’s Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism proposes continually rewriting history to hide contradictions in the reasons, goals and costs of perpetual war. Orwell’s theory creates Hate Week ___ a time when the government whips up patriotic fervor for perpetual war to a frenzy. Hate Week also provides an ideal opportunity to introduce the government-inspired historical revisions. [Both Colorado and Arizona have passed laws mandating historical revisionism in their public school curricula.]

Winston __ Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four character ___ is a thirty-nine-year-old man who works for the Ministry of Truth. It is Winston’s responsibility for distributing historical revisions and outright lies to official government news outlets.

Perpetual wars, according to Orwell, give the plutocrats, who control the government, opportunities to appropriate and exploit human labor and economic commodities. By launching preemptive wars under the pretext of self-defense or humanitarian concern, an Orwellian society keeps its citizens ignorant of the governments actual intentions. In Orwell’s society, Thoughtcrime is committed by citizens who put their own values ahead of government dictates. To obtain mass support for perpetual war, the government churns out a continual stream of propaganda and outright lies for a controlled press.

Propaganda the Key to the Government’s Perpetual War

In September 2013, Obama made what he knew was a deceptive comment about the mysterious sarin gas attack in Syria. Obama’s own intelligence analysts found that Turkey supplied Syrian rebels with the sarin gas used to kill several hundred people in Damascus. Some commentators noted that the incident was part of Obama’s scheme to justify his Syrian air war. In a formal address to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 24, 2013, Obama said: “It’s an insult to human reason and to the legitimacy of this institution to suggest that anyone other than [Syria’s] regime carried out this [gas] attack.”

Similarly, Obama knew exactly how the chaos in Ukraine came about when he spoke to the United Nations in September. Obama had targeted Ukraine’s elected President Viktor Yanukovych for “regime change” and charged Victoria Nuland, the neo- conservative Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, with the responsibility for overthrowing Ukraine’s democratically elected government. Obama knew that, after taking power, the new fascist government in Kiev brutalized the populations of southern and eastern Ukraine. The group that Obama chose to run Ukraine burned dozens of ethnic Russian protesters in Odessa alive and killed thousands in southern Ukraine with heavy weaponry supplied by the United States. Kiev’s coup regime even dispatched Nazi militias, such as the Azov battalion, to target and assassinate Ukrainians sympathetic to Russia. Obama’s fascists in Kiev shot down the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, using anti-aircraft missiles and Ukrainian fighter planes in the air, just to launch a propaganda campaign against Russia.

Obama’s United Nation Story

“Recently, Russia’s actions in Ukraine challenge this post-[World War II] order. Here are the facts. After the people of Ukraine mobilized popular protests and calls for reform, their corrupt president fled. Against the will of the government in Kyiv, Crimea was annexed. Russia poured arms into eastern Ukraine, fueling violent separatists and a conflict that has killed thousands.

“When a civilian airliner was shot down from areas that these proxies controlled, they refused to allow access to the crash for days. When Ukraine started to reassert control over its territory, Russia gave up the pretense of merely supporting the separatists, and moved troops across the border.

“This is a vision of the world in which might makes right — a world in which one nation’s borders can be redrawn by another, and civilized people are not allowed to recover the remains of their loved ones because of the truth that might be revealed.”

“We will reinforce our NATO Allies and uphold our commitment to collective self-defense. We will impose a cost on Russia for aggression, and we will counter falsehoods with the truth. And we call upon others to join us on the right side of history – for while small gains can be won at the barrel of a gun, they will ultimately be turned back if enough voices support the freedom of nations and peoples to make their own decisions.”

American Propaganda And Lies Corrupt Institutions

Barack Obama joins Condelezza Rice, Colin Powell and Susan Rice as American authorities to have lied in presentations to the United Nations. Like these others, Barack Obama lies at the UN were used to obtain approval for his perpetual war. And a government-controlled press distributed his remarks across the news wires as if they were the truth. The way the government launches propaganda campaigns to justify its perpetual wars of aggression can be seen in the most recent propaganda attack on Qatar.

Israel and the United Arab Emirates are pushing the Qatar-funds-terrorists line through a propaganda campaign entrusted to neocon/pro-Israel writers like the Daily Beast's Eli Lake, Free Beacon's Alana Goodman, the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin, and American Enterprise Institute's Michael Rubin. Israel is furious over Qatar’s support for Palestinians and Hamas. The United Arab Emirates is upset that Qatar supports the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. This animosity engendered the campaign to demonize the Qatar as a supporter of terrorism. The Israelis paid millions to a U.S. lobbying firm to plant anti-Qatar stories with American journalists. When this opening propaganda salvo has the desired impact on American attitudes, Obama will probably begin his drone attacks against Qatar’s citizens.

Planning perpetual wars, turning journalists into criminals, conducting extensive citizen surveillance programs and an absolute disdain for the truth makes the current American society extremely Orwellian.