Resistance Is Futile

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16 Responses to Resistance Is Futile

  1. omnologos says:

    Did Big Brother ever compare himself to rebels against the Nazis?

    http://gu.com/p/2m7a4/tf

  2. Sundance says:

    It seems the EU and UK reconversion is well on track. The US hit a bit of a snag in November 2010. It may take the US a tad longer to realize that the bitter cold and snow is a sure sign of warming. NASA’s WS aka JH will Hansenatize us with images like this http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_nOY5jaKJXHM/S8PFtLj8ftI/AAAAAAAABEo/MdKGuocf34U/s1600/jnova.bmp
    until we willingly go rolling in the snow in birthday suit attire.

  3. Peter Whale says:

    I am not a number just a cash cow.

  4. PhilJourdan says:

    While it was published in 1949, it was written in 1948. Hence the title. Orwell reversed the last 2 digits of the year.

  5. suyts says:

    There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always—do not forget this, Winston—always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.
    —Part III, Chapter III, Nineteen Eighty-Four

    This was the warning Orwell tried to convey. The lesson has been forgotten by many. Life in and of itself is meaningless. It is, rather, the animating contest of freedom that makes life worthwhile. Our totalitarian socialists friends wish for all to share equally and to eliminate uncertainty. I submit, to eliminate failure also eliminates success. To eliminate risk from life eliminates opportunity. To equally share in all ventures eliminates justice. To eliminate pain also eliminates pleasure. In other words, the goals set by these totalitarian socialists eliminates the very things that give life meaning and significance and reduces the meaning to mere existence. Except for, “But always—do not forget this, Winston—always there will be the intoxication of power….”

    • PhilJourdan says:

      No, life in itself is not meaningless. No more so than the life of cattle is meaningless. However, life without freedom is the life of cattle. In otherwords, the only meaning then comes from the ones in power. And that meaning is for their freedom and enjoyment, not yours. You are just cattle.

      And we have forgotten that as we move constantly towards an all nanny (he just got the name wrong) state.

  6. peterhodges says:

    huh. perpetual war based on lies. who woulda thunk.

    If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.

    you call it socialism, i call it fascism

    government is just a tool for those behind it….our quintessential samples, i.e. Mussolini and Hitler were mere puppets for their corporate sponsors.

    • suyts says:

      Well, fascism is a form of socialism. Germany’s form called it the Nationalsozialismus or National Socialism. Either way, in both cases, the collective is elevated above the individual and as a result both are incompatible representative forms of democracy and will ultimately lead to a totalitarian form of government.

      • peterhodges says:

        Either way, in both cases, the collective is elevated above the individual

        that is where people fail to see that communism/socialism is essentially identical to capitalism/fascism – the monopoly of power is the same, a few self-styled elite deign total authority

        whether the orders come from the boardroom or the central committee, it is still authoritarian, collective, totalitarianism!

        “We must crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” — Thomas Jefferson

      • suyts says:

        Peter,

        I agree with the sentiment, but would differ on a fine, slight point. While I agree capitalism has lent to corporate power, capitalism, in itself isn’t an empowerment of the corporate world. While many will differ, I believe capitalism, democracy, and individualism must all be held together or else all will fail separately. While there are probably very few examples of a true monopoly, today, there are many examples of oligopolies. The authority, or power given to these companies are entirely given to by the people themselves. This is witnessed by the officials we determine to elect and the choices we make in the market place. In this instance, it is both the individual and the individuals we elect that lends to the corporate power. It is the chasing of money. It isn’t capitalism.

        I could, if I chose, attain much more financial gain than what I do today. This would be an example of exercising my individual freedom to achieve a specific goal. However, were I do to so, that wouldn’t inherently gain me any more power over any other individuals. It does only if their goal is towards more financial gain. In other words, the Good Book was correct. “For the love of money is the root of evil.” Corporations, or financiers have no power unless the people acquiesce power to them.

        This, of course, brings me to another quote,……….. ““Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”—— John Adams

        Given the sentiments expressed in the above quotes, I find that the tenets expressed in Freedom, Democracy, and Capitalism, work and work well, but only when a moral and upright society is blessed with such tenets. I would be open to other suggestions, if I hadn’t witnessed or read about failures at all other endeavors.

  7. suyts says:

    Given the thread, I think this is apt.
    Here’s a few quotes. I’ll share the author’s name, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
    and
    “There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”
    and
    “Egalitarians(read modern day “progressives”) create the most dangerous inequality of all — inequality of power. Allowing politicians to determine what all other human beings will be allowed to earn is one of the most reckless gambles imaginable. Like the income tax, it may start off being applied only to the rich but it will inevitably reach us all.” — George Washington

    Off to shoot some pool, but will leave all with a game of “who said that?”

    “But the first wrong was not his. Nor was the first wrong the government’s. The first wrong was ours.

    In this country we embrace the myth that we are still a democracy when we know that we are not a democracy, that we are not free, that the government does not serve us but subjugates us. Although we give lip service to the notion of freedom, we know the government is no longer the servant of the people but, at last has become the people’s master. We have stood by like timid sheep while the wolf killed, first the weak, then the strays, then those on the outer edges of the flock, until at last the entire flock belonged to the wolf. We did not care about the weak or about the strays. They were not a part of the flock. We did not care about those on the outer edges. They had chosen to be there. But as the wolf worked its way towards the center of the flock we discovered that we were now on the outer edges. Now we must look the wolf squarely in the eye. That we did not do so when
    the first of us was ripped and torn and eaten was the first wrong. It was our wrong.”
    ———-?????

    Every time we pass a law restricting and criminalizing our fellow citizens or seizing their property, the these statements should come to mind.

    Peace

  8. Steve Koch says:

    It is all about liberty, isn’t it? And the biggest threat to liberty in the USA is the federal government, especially as managed by the lefties. After seeing the disasters of the 20th century perpetrated by all powerful governments in Germany, Japan, Italy, China, Russia, Cambodia, Cuba, etc., how can anyone fail to see that the most important political issue is how to prevent central governments from turning dictatorial?

    The founders of the USA understood this and produced our brilliant constitution that always focuses on balancing power to prevent dictators. The states that are dominated by conservatives (eg: Texas) should use the courts to claw back political power that rightfully (i.e. as defined by the constitution) belongs to the states, not the federal government. Our schools should be teaching the constitution in depth at every level.

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