An Orwellian America

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An Orwellian America

As a young man, I voraciously read George Orwell’s “1984”,  Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” and Alvin Toffler's trilogy which included "Future Shock"', "The Third Wave" and "Power Shift". During the era of the Vietnam War, I wondered seriously about the future and how it was destined to unfold. Now being considerably older, I have the vantage point to reflect back on my early ruminations and expectations. Unfortunately, I am too old to alter the lessons that are now so painfully obvious. Instead, I pass the gauntlet to those who can understand and take action on what I have unavoidably come to expect for America.

A FRAMEWORK OF UNDERSTANDING

THE 'HUXLEY-ORWELL' TRANSITION

I recently read a perceptive paper by Chris Hedges that would have made any English Professor envious, powerfully philosophical but not something an Economics department would pay much attention to. I found it both intriguing and enlightening.

I have borrowed so heavily from it, that I am unsure where the lines diverge. Therefore, below I give full credit to Chris Hedges and take full credit for all the bad ideas.

Chris Hedges of TruthDig.com wrote 2011: A Brave New Dystopia, from which the following evolved.

The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” The debate, between those who watched our descent towards corporate totalitarianism, was who was right. Would we be, as Orwell wrote, dominated by a repressive surveillance and security state that used crude and violent forms of control? Or would we be, as Huxley envisioned, entranced by entertainment and spectacle, captivated by technology and seduced by profligate consumption to embrace our own oppression? It turns out Orwell and Huxley were both right. Huxley saw the first stage of our enslavement. Orwell saw the second.

 

We have been gradually disempowered by a corporate state that, as Huxley foresaw, seduced and manipulated us through:

•    Sensual gratification,
•    Cheap mass-produced goods,
•    Boundless credit,
•    Political theater and
•    Amusement.

While we were entertained,

•    The regulations that once kept predatory corporate power in check were dismantled,
•    The laws that once protected us were rewritten and
•    We were impoverished.

Now that:

•    Credit is drying up,
•    Good jobs for the working class are gone forever and
•    Mass-produced goods are unaffordable,

            .... we find ourselves transported from “Brave New World” to “1984.”

The state, crippled by massive deficits, endless war and corporate malfeasance, is clearly sliding toward unavoidable bankruptcy.

It is time for Big Brother to take over from Huxley’s feelies, the orgy-porgy and the centrifugal bumble-puppy.

We are transitioning from a society where we are skillfully manipulated by lies and illusions to one where we are overtly controlled.

Huxley, we are discovering, was merely the prelude to Orwell.

Now that the corporate coup is over, we stand naked and defenseless. We are beginning to understand, as Karl Marx knew:

Unfettered and unregulated capitalism is a brutal and revolutionary force that exploits human beings and the natural world until exhaustion or collapse.

UNSOUND MONEY LEADS TO STATISM

With this as a backdrop let's explore how Unsound Money in concert with the Huxley-Orwell Transition leads to Statism, the path which I believe we are presently on.

THE CATALYSTS BEHIND THE "TRANSITION"

1- UNSOUND MONEY

•    Removal from Gold Standard and adoption of Fiat Currency regime (in August 1971 during the winding down of the Vietnam War; the first War ever fought without tax increases to pay for it; the beginning of endless 'conflicts' and the War on "Terror").
•    Creation and Fostering of a $67 Trillion Shadow Banking Credit Growth,
•    Massive Securitization & Off Balance Sheet Contingent Liability Debt Growth.

2- POLICY FAILURES

•    Failed Monetary Policy & Monetary Malpractice,
•    Moral Malady,
•    Failed Fiscal Policy,
•    Failed Public Policy,
•    Growth of Political Polarization,
•    Entrenched 'Left-Right' Factions,
•    An Un-Governable Democracy.

3- CRISIS OF TRUST

•    Lost Respect & Confidence
•    A Doomed Middle Class
•    A Broken Social Contract

4- AUTHORITARIAN ACCEPTANCE

•    Central Planning
•    Growth in Regulations & Control
•    Crony Capitalism & Corporatocracy
•    Big Government
•    The Huxley - Orwell Transition

CRUMBLING BARRIERS

•    The Great Huxley-Orwell Transition
•    From Manipulative to Repressive

ROADBLOCKS
•    Financial Security through Sound Money            REMOVED
•    Reduced Personal Freedoms through a Crisis         PENDING
•    Reduced Personal Security through a Constitutional Crisis    FUTURE   

DRIVERS
•    Globalization & Complexity
o    Fragile versus Robust Systems
o    Interconnectivity and Counter Party Dependency

•    The Productivity Paradox
o    Creative Destruction & Job Creation

Let's shift gears and consider what "greases the skids" in enabling this transition in our society to occur.  

COLLECTIVISM

In The Road to Serfdom, F.A. Hayek showed how governments, supported by a collectivist mindset, always tend towards totalitarianism. Even the most libertarian government thus far created, the government of the United States, has slipped incrementally towards totalitarianism over the past two centuries. This is because it is an inherent trait of a government.

The degree of socialism in the United States increased substantially after the establishment of the Federal Reserve System (1913) and the measures taken during the Great Depression (1929-46) which it created. Ever since the early 1900's the United States has had a two-party system dominated by 'socialists'. The Republican Party has always advocated conservative socialism. The Democratic Party, which in the 19th century favored libertarianism, advocates social-democratic socialism. So long as people are divided by Left and Right, Democratic and Republican, the US is prone to being influenced by factions who transcend party politics and from behind the scenes could possible exert strong control over the United States. They could do this by maintaining power over public opinion and hence over the course of government. Steadily, the United States has been travelling down the road to totalitarianism, and many people have not noticed, possibly because they are only looking at the position on the Left-Right paradigm.

Upon further analysis, it is clear that Left, Right and Centre, are all forms of socialism. In particular, we may call them "social-democratic socialism" (the Left) and "conservative socialism" (the Right). They are both socialism because they both share the principle that the government should "run" and "mold" society, by using legal force and intervention to transfer property and personal wealth as part of the political scientists' process of 'redistribution of wealth'.

The differences are only in the particular ways the government should run society - the methods it should use, and who, exactly, should be the recipients of government wealth transfers and who should pay. In particular:
•    Social democrats tend to prefer heavy taxation, large wealth transfers to the poor, and nationalized industries, and oppose price controls, regulations and behavioral controls.
•    Conservatives tend to prefer lower taxation, a smaller welfare state, regulated (cartelized) industries, price controls, product  and behavioral controls.

Nolan Charts: Personal Freedom versus Economic Freedom

The modern Republican Party is Center-Right on the Left-Right paradigm. As with the Democratic Party, this obscures the huge range of views Republicans hold on how powerful and how much control the State should be allowed. Their 2008 presidential nominee John McCain, like Barack Obama, strongly favored socialism, though with a Right-wing flavor. Barack Obama (blue circle) and John McCain (red circle) are positioned in the accompanying graphic. Thus, the two main candidates at the 2008 Presidential election represented a false choice - really no choice at all. One candidate, Ron Paul (yellow circle), stood in stark contrast to the candidates, favored by the mainstream media and political establishment. As would be expected, he was neutralized by the mainstream media outlets as a zealot with an unsound political view of America.

THE POLITICAL CONTINUUM

THE EMERGING ROADMAP TO STATISM

Let me now develop and explore the roadmap that outlines the path leading from Policy Failures and Monetary Malpractice, stemming from Unsound Money, to STATISM.
First we will build the outline for the basis of a roadmap on a number of observable continuums.

The more complex that issues become, the more collectivism will dominate and individual needs will be repressed. In turn governments will be forced to be more repressive to maintain control over increasing polarization and diverse views and opinions.

EVOLVING STAGES
When we arrange our various continuums we arrive at the representative grid model shown below.

We will quickly acknowledge it is not ideal, but it allows many concepts currently at play to be shown in relationship to others.

This grid is best described as the social forces at play within Globalization - Financial, Economic and Political.

DRIVER$ - VISIBLE & INVISIBLE
There are both visible and less visible forces at play that are forcing 'greasing' the skids in the movement towards Statism.

The roadmap integrates well into our roadmap from our THESIS 2011: Beggar-Thy-Neighbor / Currency Wars and 2012 Thesis: Financial Repression papers. ()

ORWELL'S 1984 IS HAPPENING

We are one crisis away from a police state. All the powers are in place. Someone will flip the switch. Whether a Cyber Attack, escalating Currency War tensions or a 'terrorist' attack by indebted college youth, it is only a matter of time and circumstance.

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Mr.Sono's picture

Sweet taste of boots.......nooooooo

ChrisFromMorningside's picture

The First American Republic is dead. Efforts to resuscitate will, at this point, only serve to edify the Empire that replaced it. Time to fight for the future, for the coming birth of the Second Republic, not for the past.

"They" (the Powers that Be, the Establishment, the International Banking Cartel, the Monopolists, the Financiers, the Imperialists, the New World Order, the Police State ... call them what you will, these are all overlapping circles) are hellbent on destroying all local political authority and rolling us all into an ever more centalized, ever more federalized, ever more bureacratic world of unelected supra-national political bodies.

Their vision is hellish ... A political, economic, media, environmental (agricultural) monoculture that not only stifles freedom but is full of inefficiencies and illogic so enormous it threatens the world with catastrophe. 

And if they don't get their way peacefully ... They'll either spark World War III, or spark a Civil War in the US ... Collapse the system and consolidate it while it is at a weak point. 

We have to fight for political devolution. Local power. Decentralization. De-federalization. National sovereignty, not supra-national mega-states like the EU. Local heritage, not corporate media "culture". 

ZerOhead's picture

Personally I think a nudge of that red "We Are Here" arrow a tad to the right under the 'O' of 'Orwell' would be in  order...

francis_sawyer's picture

The POSITIVE 'FLIPSIDE' of all of this nonsense is... That a 'CONTROLLED SOCIETY' [with the likes of Obama at the wheel], will last all of about 10 minutes...

Spirit Of Truth's picture

As I've been pointing out for so very long, America is suffering from collective insanity:

http://www.spiritoftruth.org/Thesis/Intro

As for statism, that will come swiftly and unstoppably:

http://www.secondkoreanwar.com

http://thespiritoftruth.blogspot.com/2009/05/russias-secret-war-plans.html

Then you'll have the pure form of an Orwellian global society....for those who are left.

Oracle of Kypseli's picture

The article is spot on.

How do you then explain and spread the word to the ill-informed? Unless you have a true independent mass media both the war and the battle are lost.

We need to stop phony attacks on political correctness, accusations of racism, anti-Semitism, sexual conduct and other ad hominem which attempt to destroy the messengers instead of debating the issue at hand.

That of course is very difficult, if not impossible, without violence.

 

HulkHogan's picture

We have always been at war with Eastasia.

GetZeeGold's picture

 

 

What we need is a fast talking progressive. Sporting the first name Adolf would be a plus.

 

The first thing we need to do is ban guns, otherwise the public just might kill us.

Spirit Of Truth's picture

The source of the coming global Orwellian society is already clear to be seen:

http://thespiritoftruth.blogspot.com/2012/05/great-transformation-of-wor...

This is the ultimate threat to humanity IMHO....right before our eyes.

Flammonde's picture

I think the future is a blending of Brave New World and 1984.  1984 was after all simply 1948 England coupled with what Orwell knew about totalitarianism.

It is simply easier to allow repressive tolerance and if that fails the iron fist is used.

The USA police sate apparatus is a mixture of graft and control made possible by the technology of the hour.  It hopes to be a bit like the Chinese Communist Party in power-a hybrid Sate Capitist/Crony Capitalist police state.

It will also need bread and circuses for the masses.  Even China has bread and circuses for the masses, as did the USSR and Eastern Europe. 

Men do not want freedom, they want recreation.

You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power - he's free again.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 

Borrow Owl's picture

Unless I'm mistaken, 'Barack' is Kenyan for 'Adolf'.

Coincidence?

machineh's picture

We have always been at war with the MSM.

mind_imminst's picture

A bigger problem is spreading the word to the well-informed and intelligent. I can't believe how many people I know who seem to be rational in many matters of life and science, yet are huge apologists for tyranny. Maybe secretly, or unconsciously, they are supporters of tyranny because they are (or at least think they are) part of the privileged class, and wil never suffer like the common folk.

akarc's picture

It's like the driver that uses a cell phone. Despite the evidenced they are four time more likely to be involved in a crash they operate from the mindset, that happens to other people. It won't happen to me. I am in control.

A friend ran a red light while on a cell phone smashed a truck and fractured vertabrae in his neck. He still uses a cell phone while driving. Because afterall, he will be more vigilant this time and it won't happen to him again.

I don't think the irrationality is limited to apologist for trynanny. 

In a world of two minute sound bytes by experts capitalyzing on confirmation bias everyone now has the opportunity to be an intellectual giant or expert, i.e. someone no longer capable of learning.

YOu hit the nail on the head when you say they support tryanny. As long as it benefits them. Priciples, ethics, tradition, respect are so yesterday and stupid is now epidemic.

 

 

 

Spirit Of Truth's picture

Tis a matter of flawed "collective intelligence", and this is the suicidal trait of modern "Western Civilization". 

http://thespiritoftruth.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-idiocy-of-us-intelligen...

The upset of irrational mass beliefs and expectations will come suddenly and catastrophically.  This is the "Grand Supercycle collapse" the Elliott Wave Principle is projecting:

http://thespiritoftruth.blogspot.com/2013/02/dow-14000-world-war-three.html

Diogenes's picture

"There's nothing wrong with a dictatorship as long as I'm the dictator"- George W Bush.

They all think their guy is going to be the dictator.

They never think their worst enemy will be the dictator.

Professor Fate's picture

Difficult?  Yes...but can be done.  Have you ever seen a great television  ad created, sponsored, and run by the TEA?  Why not?  The TEA can be the messenger of the TRUTH.  But, it needs a face and a platform.  If I received a call from our local Tea Party requesting a $100 donation so that an ad campaign could be run in our area, I'd be the first to donate.  It is clear the liberal media fears the TEA Party.  Otherwise, why would they attack it so vociferously?  The TEA is comprised of small business people and ex-small business people..or...in other words...the true TAX Payers.  The TEA has the power of the purse.  It has the access to the money to mount the attack.  Unfortunately, it has not done so.  With so much ammunition simply laying around, why doesn't the TEA load the damn gun?  Because it still needs the face.  Perhaps Rand. 

Fate the Magnificent

"Push the Button, Max"

akarc's picture

The Tea Party is one of the most egregious hoaxes played on an electorate. If you are a working man. Wake up! 

http://www.bigbendbikersforfreedom.com/2011/03/governor-walker-koch-brothers-and-you.html

posted 2011

And if infografics are more your style 

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_jeetJTfzUoU/TM9zijCjXAI/AAAAAAAAJ5w/8CN3psHiWx...

and posted in 2010

http://www.bigbendbikersforfreedom.com/2010/10/idiocy-of-christine-odonn...

The idocy of Christine O'Odonnell reveals the truth of the Tea Party.

northerngirl's picture

The problem is a large portion of American's would not be able to function in a society in which the government did not provide. In my family alone I have relatives that are in their 4th generation of being, "Welfare Babies", they have no idea of how to provide for themselves.  They do not care what the government is doing or not doing because the money arrives every month and therefore, they have food, shelter and medical care.  The government taking care of them is all they know, and anything beyond that is a foreign concept.  When we get together for family functions and talk about events in our country it is like being at the Tower of Babel.  I just shake my head and walk away.  To turn this country around from this Orwellian road we are on will take generations, and more than Rand Paul. 

Water flows via the path of least resistance, and people will always take the perceived easy way out. 

Liberty2012's picture

Not everyone, you don't appear to be taking the easy way out.

Some of my family refuse to talk about what's going on out of fear.

Many people don't change until they're forced to. Some can't change until something in their environment changes first. Very few can look ahead and attempt to change in advance.

More and more people are waking up all the time. How many local stories have we heard that would gave been unthinkable just a couple of years ago?

It will be a long uphill battle. It will get worse. Who said I am surrounded, situation excellent, I can attack from all sides? The best thing about the current situation is that it is so bad. If it wasn't many that had woken up would gave gone right back to sleep.

If we can find ways to keep sharing / trading time, ideas, work, and things - then we will make it through.

Lost Word's picture

Unfortunately the Tea Party and Fox News and Republicans are also afraid of TPTB. Just look at their failure regarding the 9-11 false flag attack, discussed in another of today's ZH posting, from George Washington.

Republicans and Democrats both afraid of TPTB.

Diogenes's picture

The Tea Party was hijacked and neurtalized within months of being founded.

Go Tribe's picture

How? Take away everyone's anti-depressant, anti-anxiety medications and let them experience the pain that the fiat State is creating. Convince people to turn off the TV. Convince people to socialize in person.

No pain, no gain.

GetZeeGold's picture

 

 

Cutting the DC beltway off Prozac cold turkey would be an interesting test case before we forced it on the whole country.

nothing can go wrogn's picture

Exactly.

The system is played out. There's not enough fuel in the tank to sustain some mega police state for the next several decades. There's just a last ditch attempt for control as the system spins out of control.

The future belongs not to Orwell or Huxley but Mad Max.

My life fades. The vision dims. All that remains are memories. I remember a time of chaos. Ruined dreams. This wasted land. But most of all, I remember The Road Warrior. The man we called "Max". To understand who he was, you have to go back to another time. When the world was powered by the black fuel. And the desert sprouted great cities of pipe and steel. Gone now, swept away. For reasons long forgotten, two mighty warrior tribes went to war and touched off a blaze which engulfed them all. Without fuel, they were nothing. They built a house of straw. The thundering machines sputtered and stopped. Their leaders talked and talked and talked. But nothing could stem the avalanche. Their world crumbled. The cities exploded. A whirlwind of looting, a firestorm of fear. Men began to feed on men.

GetZeeGold's picture

 

 

Long nitrous oxide.....just in case we need to get the hell out of dodge really quickly.

Liberty2012's picture

There is plenty of fuel if enough people support it. People are what fuels society. Oil, etc is secondary.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

"We have to fight for devolution. For local power."

So... for Local Feudalism instead of National Feudalism!?

Liberty2012's picture

Thank you ChrisFromMorningside - very well said and unfortunately true

RockyRacoon's picture

To quote the intergalactic sage: "Screwed we are."

tickhound's picture

To quote an actual digital HIGHWAY ROAD SIGN that is STILL there justifying some sheriff's budget... (Rt.5 South to PAX naval Air Station, MD)

"A GOOD NEIGHBOR,

IS A NOSY NEIGHBOR!

Report supicious activity.

Call Sheriff"

Yes, bitchez, NOSY is in italics... even on the sign.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Tick, I work with a Persian women whom I kid often being so paranoidal and suspicious about every person. She finally cornered me and said you have never lived in a regime where your best friend or neighbor children can turn you over to the state for what they perceive as being in opposition to the state. In this environment you live in perpetual fear, suspicion and perhaps paranoia. And I had no idea remotely what she meant at that time. She is right and that sign you site is a shade of things to come. I may be learning a hard lesson at some point.

Miffed;-)

dark pools of soros's picture

once you are at peace with Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death you will have no masters and no fear

Cathartes Aura's picture

you might find the book Wild Swans, author Jung Chang, of interest - tells the true story of three generations in China, including the Cultural Revolution, a time where the young were encouraged to turn in the elders, including parents, and were revered by the "leaders" - it's an amazing story of cultural manipulation towards an end, and just what can be accomplished by rewarding a group to spy on others, for the benefit of the government,

Jung Chang describes the life of her grandmother, a warlord's concubine; her mother's struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents' experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution. Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a "barefoot doctor," a steelworker, and an electrician.

rare perspective, eloquently told.  recommended to anyone who can see the divide and rule, tattle-tale, "see something say something" culture being pushed in amrka lately.

All Risk No Reward's picture

He does have a point...  how about everyone meet up at the sheriff's home and watch to make sure he's not working with the mega banks and the federal government to arm the drug cartels, run the drugs and launder the drug money through the mega banks in order to fill those private, for profit prisons with the naive folks who fall prey to the narco bankster tax.

Borrow Owl's picture

@ All Risk, etc.:

Excellent idea...and by all means remember the Boy Scout Motto: ie, be sure to bring tar, feathers, hemp rope, torches, pitchforks and other potentially useful items.

Element's picture

 

 

A GOOD NEIGHBOR,

IS A NOSY NEIGHBOR!

 

Quiet a turn around; when I grew up everyone held to the maxim that you don't dob-in [rat on] your mates.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Must be (real or ideological) descendants of Commies or Nazis. Both totalitarian styles loved snoops and snitches.

When social cohesion along criteria of decency and respect are trashed like this, the public is weak and the rulers are (overtly) strong. Antidote: grass root contrarian movement, based on a different world view.

Freedom is not for the dumb, uninformed or lazy. But modern gadgets and lifestyle tend to makes us so.

nmewn's picture

Use the force, Coon ;-)

Dugald's picture

 

Just a stray thought........If just one percent of the aged became willing assasins................A Devine Wind smelling faintly of urine.......well, its a way to weed out the ungodly...

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

Of course after the nuclear war everything will be reset to zero. Then we can embark on the next twenty thousand years of human development (with some new genetic enhancements; two heads and bio lumenessence) to build the whole corporate construct up again, until another nucl............

Oh never mind, dancing on ice is on in a minute.

CheapBastard's picture

Yeah, there's lots of cuts going on out there and also salary reductions. My old office just cut all salaries 19% across the board....even the top. Not to mention many folks are losing their employee health care benefits with all these admin changes.

lewy14's picture

Chris Hedges et al are wrong. It's not a shift.

Orwell's vision and Huxley's vision exist in superposition.

Both have been with us for some time. Both are evolving quickly. Both will remain with us.

RockyRacoon's picture

Yeah, okay, alright.  You're just rearranging the deck chairs.  This sucker is goin' down whether TPTB like it or not.  There is no underestimation by the Powers of the sheeplishness of the majority of the citizenry, but they don't have a handle on a select group that will hang on and cause some disruption of any transition to full governmental oppression.  Things are gonna get very interesting.

Oracle of Kypseli's picture

I am hoping for an implosion from within.

I am hoping for a general who sacrifices himself for his and our kids. Since we are becoming a banana republic, that general may be closer than we think.

 

AgShaman's picture

"Hope" has been the DC elixir used by political puppets for a very long time.

It generally never pencils out into anything of substance, unless you are planning on crawling thru a very long sewage pipe filled with fecal matter.

Hope gives the sedentary people the rationalization to permit a stagnant existence without a need for purposeful motivation.

I rather prefer "Anger"....it does more to bring focus and avoid the laziness that hope engenders within people.

I doubt there are any generals left...that consider their oaths in times like these