Journal: Our Road to Oceania By Victor Davis Hanson

Civil Society, Ethics, Government
Real Clear Politics
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In George Orwell’s allegorical novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” the picture of “Big Brother” appears constantly in the adoring media.

Perceived enemies are everywhere – supposedly plotting to undo the benevolent egalitarianism of Big Brother. Citizens assemble each morning to scream hatred for two minutes at pictures of the supposed public traitor Emmanuel Goldstein. The “Ministry of Truth” swears that the former official Goldstein is responsible for everything that goes wrong in Oceania.

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In Orwell’s Oceania, there is a compliant media that offers “Newspeak” – recycled government bulletins from the Ministry of Truth. “Doublethink”means you can believe at the same time in two opposite beliefs.

America is not Oceania, but some of this is beginning to sound a little too familiar.

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Click on the logo above for the rest of this thoughtful piece.  Thomas Jefferson said the whole of government boiled down to honesty.  Buckminster Fuller focused on the importance of integrity in its broadest meaning, encompassing all possible feedback loops without information asymmetries or data pathologies.

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