Continuing with our weekly collection of quotes, today’s piece is dedicated to one writer only: George Orwell
Over the years, many ordinary people have said that the media and politicians seem to have taken Orwell’s “1984” as manual, not as warning.
George Orwell died in 1950, one year after publishing “1984”. His thoughts are as valid today as they were then, so here is a collection of his quotes which are not as prominent as they deserve to be, and which describes the place we ordinary people find ourselves in:
In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.
Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don’t even know that fire is hot.
There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.
It has become a tedious exercise to point out the propaganda machinery those in power wield against us, the people, day in day out, in the MSM. Orwell said:
Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.
It isn’t only that the MSM no longer report facts but also tell us what they mean and how to think by not separating factual reports from opinion pieces – it’s that those whose opinions differ are silenced by not mentioning them or smearing them as being ‘politically uncorrect’. Orwell remarked:
Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.
In our time political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.
Political chaos is connected with the decay of language… one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.
Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.
Even worse: now that technology allows those who beg to differ to address the public directly, by-passing the ‘normal’ media, TPTB are doing their utmost to silence them, by making and using ‘laws’ criminalising ‘hate speech’, by screaming ‘fake news’ when in fact their news are thoroughly fake while insisting that their ‘true facts’ are true when in reality they are not:
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
Here’s what Orwell wrote on specific topics:
Those who ‘abjure’ violence can do so only because others are committing violence on their behalf.
We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.
Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism.
When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.
War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.
War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.
Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.
All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.
The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor.
Isn’t it interesting what Orwell said on jokes (‘permanently offended, take note!):
The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded.
Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie… a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
To those politicians and ‘gurus’ who keep telling us that “love” is all we need, Orwell said:
To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it does not mean loving some people more than others.
Let’s conclude with something extremely un-PC:
At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.
Yes – we all can name some prominent ‘faces’ for whom that sentence was coined!