3rd July 2020

“Criticism or other unapproved opposition to the positive reportage of accepted fact is to be admonished, discredited, and otherwise obliterated from the public perspective. Negative appraisal is neither suitable nor worthy of wholesale public scrutiny. “

In Orwellian newspeak this wordy quote would form the basis for a well formed and inclusive society. True, positive, verifiable, scientifically based, inclusive, a perfect paradigm of all that might be perceived as right and desirable.

When we read ‘1984’ we are inclined to be overwhelmed by the general feeling of oppression, universal degradation and grime, societal control taken to a malignant extreme, propaganda being the only acceptable language of conversation, the spoken word disarmed, made sterile and powerless unless carefully whipped into  an orgy of public displeasure. Orwell’s masterpiece is a cautionary picture of but one future, painted with broad brush strokes, canvas crawling with dark desperate figures drawn from our nightmarish imaginings.  The core of the material is an essay upon manipulation, the careful guiding of individuals into an unthinking and easily controllable unit, given communal friends, enemies, hopes, fears, dreams and banes, and in that singularity wholly enervate and cripple resistance or opposition.

Such terrible premonition seems utterly unimaginable, beyond reality probable or possible, yet still we shudder with trepidation and stoically keep the specter at distance, beyond likely happenstance or consideration.

Tyranny, for Orwellian rule is by any measure tyrannical, is even heavily diluted a seeming impossible leap from where we stand, a bridge too far under even the direst circumstance. However, careful barriers must be placed, need to be installed because as we all must in all honestly admit a small degree of despotism is so very attractive, so wonderfully tempting. Absolutism is regrettably the most effective form of government, wholly undemocratic, oft cruel and divisive but beauteous to behold in both its simplicity and complexity, like the prismatic building blocks hidden in plain sight in the intrinsic structure of life.

Concernedly, the fear of absolutism is inclined to direct humanity to extremes of liberalization to attempt in every case to merge all in one blended soup of unilateral similarity, necessarily with the accepted loss of flavor, shape, form and texture.  Such extreme utilitarianism is of course but an equally pervasive form of tyranny, no different in effect or eventual result as its opposing anathema. Extremism of any variety is at once inclusive and divisive, adjoining and separating, merging similarities, and highlighting differences.  Students of political science must readily acknowledge the parallels between the practices of Marxist and fascist authoritarian systems, their need for extreme social control, unmistakable xenophobia, belligerent suppression of every counter voice or direction. Equally accepted is the unstoppable pendulous motion form one extreme to the other, the ever-increasing inability to halt a weighted arm on its predetermined and destructive arc. Hence the all too familiar anarchist cry to break the system, any alteration or deflection being blatantly ineffectual.

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