George Orwell’s “1984” – His Premonitions And Foresight. Big Brother Is Watching

Green Left Weekly   by Rolando Perez Betancourt     Sun., April 23, 2017

Orwell’s novel “1984” is not an anti-communist novel, but rather a work aimed against totalitarianism of whatever stripe. The novel was published in 1949, one year before his death from tuberculosis, made him a standard-bearer for international anti-communism.

At the height of the cold war, Orwell had written: “I believe that if the USSR were conquered by some foreign power, the working class everywhere would become discouraged, at least for the moment, and the capitalist cretins who never stopped suspecting Russia would feel encouraged… I do not want to see the USSR destroyed and I think that I would have to defend it if necessary.”

The loudly trumpeted anti-communism of the Cold War … advanced the novel 1984. Weighed down by the propaganda, many people who had not read it, assumed that the book was an attack on the socialist ideas of Marx, and talked about an “Orwellian universe” and other distorted concepts foreshadowed by the constant battles of the global right wing.

However, it is clear that 1984 is not an anti-communist novel, but rather a work aimed against totalitarianism of whatever stripe.

The work describes a gloomy and oppressive future dominated by thought police. It takes place in London, where Winston Smith is a functionary in the Ministry of Truth responsible for “correcting” historical facts so that they always coincide with what is wanted by the leaders.

They are lords of half the world, with designs on subjugating the universe and whose principal slogans are “War is Peace”, “Freedom is Slavery”, and “Ignorance is Strength”.

All this is controlled by television monitors, the eyes and ears of the government — Big Brother is determined to know everything and to eliminate the slightest privacy.

More than 50 years have passed since Orwell wrote this cautionary book and after the febrile anti-communist exaltation, it is scarcely mentioned in recent times by those who glorified it. One has to be suspicious.

Today, a neoliberal totalitarianism with a leader from the North seeks to dominate the world and in it, the three previously mentioned slogans fit like a ring on a finger. Big Brother lies like the witch in Snow White and then transmits on his screens whatever suits him.

He creates super-ministries of espionage, searches libraries to see what citizens are reading, controls telephones and other means of communication, and accuses those who do not support militaristic adventures of being unpatriotic.

Two days ago (July 7/03), Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon were cut off as they talked on the [NBC] Today Show about freedom of expression, while the contracts of other critics have been cancelled as in the case of actor Sean Penn.

Big Brother buys (according to the Associated Press) “access to data banks of hundreds of millions of inhabitants in Latin American countries”, calls into his service the phantoms of McCarthyism, and coins the maximum slogan with no room for shading: “Those who are not with us are against us.”

Orwell called his novel 1984, and there are plenty of indications to suggest that he was only off by 20 years.

Full article here:  The above article was first published on July 2003

https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/big-brother-watching-you-predictions-george-orwell

About ron abbass

Because of my last name, there are some who might think I'm a Muslim. I'm an older student of the bible and I regard myself as Christian-other. That is, I was baptized in a Torah-keeping assembly. I'm one who tries his best to follow Yayshua, the Messiah (Christ) by keeping the commandments, the dietary laws, the weekly Sabbath and the annual Sabbaths (Holy Days) instituted and ordained by the great I AM, the Creator-God of Israel. I reject the holidays and festivals invented by the Roman church. Truth-seeking is my present passion. Presently, I do a lot of research into the World Wars, the mass media, the Holocaust, Zionism, Health Issues, 9/11 and the power brokers who are behind the New World Order that is gradually being established mainly in the Western Nations. Many prognosticators (prophets) both secular and religious are warning us that we are living "On the Eve of Destruction" - the last days. There's a very good chance a nuclear tsunami will eventually visit many nations. Peace and blessings to all who love the truth and hate the lies.
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