10 George Orwell Quotes That Predicted Life In 2014 America

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Justin King (of The Anti-Media) via The Burning Platform blog,


George Orwell ranks among the most profound social critics of the modern era. Some of his quotations, more than a half a century old, show the depth of understanding an enlightened mind can have about the future.


1)  “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.”

Though many in the modern age have the will to bury their head in the sand when it comes to political matters, nobody can only concern themselves with the proverbial pebble in their shoe. If one is successful in avoiding politics, at some point the effects of the political decisions they abstained from participating in will reach their front door. More often than not, by that time the person has already whatever whisper of a voice the government has allowed them.


2)  “All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”

Examining the nightly news in the run up to almost any military intervention will find scores of talking heads crying for blood to flow in the streets of some city the name of which they just learned to pronounce. Once the bullets start flying, those that clamored for war will still be safely on set bringing you up-to-the-minute coverage of the carnage while their stock in Raytheon climbs.



3)  “War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.”

It’s pretty self-explanatory and while it may be hard to swallow, it’s certainly true. All it takes is a quick look at who benefited from the recent wars waged by the United States to see Orwell’s quip take life.


4)  “The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.”

My most prized books are a collection of history books from around the world. I have an Iraqi book that recounts the glory of Saddam Hussein’s victory over the United States in 1991. I have books from three different nations claiming that one of their citizens was the first to fly. As some of the most powerful nations in the world agree to let certain facts be “forgotten,” the trend will only get worse. History is written by the victor, and the victor will never be asked if he told the truth.

Huffington Post journalist detained by military police in Ferguson, Missouri


5)  “In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

Even without commentary, the reader is probably picturing Edward Snowden or Chelsea Manning. The revolutions of the future will not be fought with bullets and explosives, but with little bits of data traveling around the world destroying the false narratives with which governments shackle their citizens.


6)  “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.

Make no mistake about it; if an article does not anger someone, it is nothing more than a piece. Most of what passes for news today is little more than an official sounding advertisement for a product, service, or belief.



7)  “In real life it is always the anvil that breaks the hammer…

In every conflict, it is not the side that can inflict the most damage, but the side that can sustain the most damage that ultimately prevails. History is full of situations in which a military “won the battles but lost the war.


8)  “The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.”

Haditha. Panjwai. Maywand District. Mahmudiyah. These names probably don’t ring a bell, but it is almost a certainty that the reader is aware of the brutality that occurred in Benghazi. The main difference is that in the first four incidents, those committing the acts of brutality were wearing an American flag on their shoulder.

(Answer: D)


9)  “Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen.”

Everyday there is a new form of censorship or a new method of forcing people into self-censorship, and the people shrug it off because it only relates to a small minority. By the time the people realize their ability to express disapproval has been completely restricted, it may be too late. That brings us to Orwell’s most haunting quote.



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

Once the people are indoctrinated with nationalistic beliefs, and the infrastructure to protect them from some constantly-changing and ever-expanding definition of an enemy is in place, there is no ability for the people to regain liberty. By the time all of the pieces are in place, not only is opportunity to regain freedom, but the will to achieve freedom has also evaporated. The reader will truly love Big Brother.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Jack Burton's picture

I read "1984" in High School. Since then I have seen it come to pass in America. Not in a literal sense, but the foundations have been layed, and a simple order could put it into full effect. Also, in other senses, we are already worse than "1984", the NSA has advanced into higher levels of spying than "1984". The war on terror has launced perpetual war. The US support of Al-Qaeda and Radical Islamic Jihad where and when it fits us foreign policy goals is typical of shifting enemies that are created and changed using media liars.

It will only get worse form here on in.

Bioscale's picture

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

I agree with the camp we are more in the "Brave New World" dystopia. Everyone is stoned and unlimited amount of porn/orgies to go around. 1984 is the future though on our current track.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

Orgies are for the wealthy, beautiful and banksters. For the rest of us, 1984 and celibacy is here. Ohh, I forgot Barry and his man-love.

Eirik Magnus Larssen's picture

This is where being in a happy marriage can solve a lot of problems.

svayambhu108's picture

If you want a real picture of the future, imagine bare feet stamping on horseshit—forever

are we there yet's picture

Is your alegory that the bare feet are our masters in DC, and the horse deficant is the founding fathers US constitution?

max2205's picture

Cage fighting in the Senate is what I Want.....

SWRichmond's picture

That's not a sniper.  If he were a sniper you wouldn't see him, and he certainly wouldn't need to be so close.  That's a jackass playing army, and in a real fight he's the first one who'd get shot.

drdolittle's picture

That's what I thought. That ahole's awfully exposed for the first guy unafraid to die with a deer rifle.

Drunk In Church's picture

Humans are actually more free than they've ever been.  I'm an optimist.  I see a bright future.

AldousHuxley's picture

social class hierarchy of Oceania has 3 levels:


ruling inner party 2% of population

middle class 13%

proles 85%


last 30 years, income only increased after inflation for top 15% and only top 1% in wealth & income can really shape the elections as they can afford to play politics


capitalism = individualism = rewarding the most selfish = betrayal of one's loved ones = how elits divide and conquer the proles by having top 15% execute the play


Orwell was correct with his distopian book 1984. Ronald Reagan was elected in 1981 with neo con "free market" capitalists along with Margaret Thatcher in 1979. 1980s started wall street boom, capitalists gaining power over workers, deunionization, importation of illegals, outsourcing, and pretty much all offensive attack on American workers to devalue human labor.


Orwell's timeless theory rests on the nature of power. power consolidates until system violently reboots. Today in America, power is in the hands of top 0.1%...soon power will consolidate in the hands of 0.01% then 0.001%, then top 100 family dynasties, until the masses defect loyalty to America's enemies who treat them better or turn on their own to reboot the political landscape. such is history.

AldousHuxley's picture
The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism


prediction of division of world into 3 global super-states in his book 1984:

1) US+british empire + Latin America = Oceania

2) USSR + Europe = Eurasia

3) China + Japan + Korea + Mongolia = Eastasia


Today much of it is true:

1) US-UK-Australia aliance with latin america as the pawn (U Chicago boys, Mexicans, panam canal, etc.)

2) Russia + German bank led ECB controlling EU + pawns in Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Spain

3) China + Japan + Korea + small city pawns like singapore where business elites are Chinese descent


ALL fighting wars over control of Africa, Middle East, India and Indonesia


See how accurate Orwell's forecasts were in 1940s:


ILLILLILLI's picture

The 1956 version of the BBC production of "1984" is probably the very best version.

You can watch it here:


Nick Jihad's picture

Yea, except the part where Japan and Korea have much closer ties to USA than to China. And India probably continues Anglosphere alignment as well.

AldousHuxley's picture

"closer ties to USA"? is basically US military boots on the ground there subsidized by elite's desire to gain foothold in EastAsia using your tax dollars. Sorry but economically Chinese already have larger influence in the Pacific theater and once they modernize their military technology, Chinese will take over America's policing role in Asia...


Japanese exports: 18% to China VS 17% to USA

Japanese imports: 22% from China VS 8% from USA

S. Korea exports: 23% to China VS 11% to USA

S. Korea imports: 16% from China VS 8% from USA


India is the wildcard, but no superpower wants both India and China rich because of their large populations.

Also, India is not part of the military elite UN security council despite possessing nukes....ex-british colony brainwashed herself with inferiority complex.

Manthong's picture

obey or die.. bitchez

Acceptance of defective thought is a virtue.


hmm. NOBODY got that.

enjoy your sleep.


Beatscape's picture

George Orwell's 1984 has officially been reclassified from fiction to non-fiction. 


savagegoose's picture

yeah its in the  instructions manual sections of libraries


AldousHuxley's picture

it is actually a history of last 30 years since things did turn for the worst in 1980 as soon as Americans realized their hegemonic power in the world.


When they made wage slaves of all foreign nationals, they began to make slaves of their own citizens.

barre-de-rire's picture

at least we got GIN OF THE VICTORY !



Andre's picture

He's called a Designated Marksman. His coverage is beyond 100 meters, or high precision shots somewhat closer.

Yes, his positioning is more for intimidation, but his accuracy is sub-MOA.

Tall Tom's picture

He is called a Designated Target in my vernacular.

jeff montanye's picture

i've heard the phrase "ice man for the swat".

Trogdor's picture

I've been at the range many times when the local SWAT toadies train - including their "snipers" - and it always makes me feel better to know that their *best* shooting is equivalent to my *worst* shooting - and nowhere near sub-moa .... and I'm nowhere near the best at the range.  A fancy rifle and 'spensive optics do not a rifelman make.

Andre's picture

Point made, and thanks for the head's-up. I keep thinking they were grabbing the trained DM's from Army/USMC.

Tall Tom's picture

That picture is demonstrative that at least there is still a chance.


He might as well be wearing a sign on his back that says, "Kick me"...Ooops...so High School..."Shoot me"

philipat's picture

"War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength."

Arbeit macht frei........

WOAR's picture

Some people believe "Arbeit macht frei" means "Work will make you free". That's not what it says.

What it says is the ultimate goal of all progress: "Work Made Free". Think about that every time you make a piece of toast.

jeff montanye's picture

or ask google for the answers to (certain simple) questions. 

Grinder74's picture

Except for questions about islam.  Muck Fohammed.

Bad Attitude's picture

George Orwell was an optimist.

Forward (over the cliff)!

AldousHuxley's picture

well aren't the wives happy with alimoney?

margaris's picture

no, they are only happy with allyourmoney!

sleigher's picture

Happy marriage is an oxymoron.  Well, at least 90% of the time.  Marriage is about compromise, and no one can be completely happy when they constantly have to compromise.  

Besides, if 2 people want to live together for the rest of their lives, why do they need the state to sanction it?  Just do what you want and 'F' the state. 

RabbitChow's picture

The bigger issue is finding a happy marriage.  And the older one gets, the effort is less and less worthwhile.

JRobby's picture

Eloi girls very accomodating

AldousHuxley's picture

then to achieve nirvana, you have to become a retarded monkey or a pebble?

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Actually, ZH did an article some time ago, comparing 1984 and BNW ("Brave New World) with real America, and determined that both are present.

Rather than heeding the warnings from each book, they've used them for Inspiration.

John Wilmot's picture


Unlike Orwell, Huxley wasn't really opposed to the world he was describing. He was part of the set bringing it about. He was merely describing what he thought would happen; what he knew that his set were working to bring about. So, in a way, it was a kind of instruction manual.

cape_royds's picture

I'm not sure about that, JW.

I think Huxley was indeed horrified by the prospect of what he was satirizing.

Perhaps it tells us how far gone we are, and indeed why we are where we are, that what horrified Huxley is something we consider too ordinary to find more than mildly disquieting.

Orwell himself also criticized the modern vision of consumerist hedonism, in his essay, "Pleasure Spots." Fulltext is available online:


Read that article and then think of Las Vegas...

It is also interesting that Orwell satirized a consumerist suburbia, before such things had become common. It's in one of the later chapters of his 1938 novel, "Coming Up for Air."

John Wilmot's picture

Orwell was himself a socialist (though of the naive sort who didn't understand that socialism is essentally "a boot stomping on a human face forever" - like John Lennon, nice fellow, naive), so it's not surprising that he attacks "consumerism." As for Huxley, I don't have anything to throw out off-hand, but I'd challenge you to find any quote of Huxley where he actually denounces the society he wrote about in BNW.

Memedada's picture

And you’re an enlighten right-wing realist? And the track record of right-wing ideologies are ‘freedom-loving democracies’?

Orwell was not naïve – in any of the definitions of the term. He knew exactly what the threats of (any) ideologies were. He went to Spain and participated in the civil war on the side of the extreme left-wing AOUM and CNT. They fought the communists just a fiercely as the fascist. Many of his works were about the threat of totalitarianism from communist and fascist alike.

He believed in democratic socialism. Not naïve at all. Actually the only fair (and most effective) way to organize a society’s economy. In a capitalist society needs are equated with purchasing power. That means, that you produce more to those who have more and less to those who have less – a stupid way to distribute the resources of a society. In democratic socialism the people of a society collectively owns the means of production. This has been tried multiple times – and there are many current examples. All much more effective than the capitalist production form. Syndicalism is perhaps a better term to describe the economic system in a democratic socialist society.

Democratic socialism is not naïve – it’s a viable solution.