You Want A Picture Of The Future? Imagine A Boot Stamping On Your Face

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Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

We have arrived, way ahead of schedule, into the dystopian future dreamed up by such science fiction writers as George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Margaret Atwood and Philip K. Dick.

Much like Orwell’s Big Brother in 1984, the government and its corporate spies now watch our every move.

Much like Huxley’s A Brave New World, we are churning out a society of watchers who “have their liberties taken away from them, but … rather enjoy it, because they [are] distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing.”

Much like Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the populace is now taught to “know their place and their duties, to understand that they have no real rights but will be protected up to a point if they conform, and to think so poorly of themselves that they will accept their assigned fate and not rebel or run away.”

And in keeping with Philip K. Dick’s darkly prophetic vision of a dystopian police state—which became the basis for Steven Spielberg’s futuristic thriller Minority Report which was released 15 years agowe are now trapped into a world in which the government is all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful, and if you dare to step out of line, dark-clad police SWAT teams and pre-crime units will crack a few skulls to bring the populace under control.

Minority Report is set in the year 2054, but it could just as well have taken place in 2017.

Seemingly taking its cue from science fiction, technology has moved so fast in the short time since Minority Report premiered in 2002 that what once seemed futuristic no longer occupies the realm of science fiction.

Both worlds—our present-day reality and Spielberg’s celluloid vision of the future—are characterized by widespread surveillance, behavior prediction technologies, data mining, fusion centers, driverless cars, voice-controlled homes, facial recognition systems, cybugs and drones, and predictive policing (pre-crime) aimed at capturing would-be criminals before they can do any damage.

All of this has come about with little more than a whimper from a clueless American populace largely comprised of nonreaders and television and internet zombies. But we have been warned about such an ominous future in novels and movies for years.

The following films may be the best representation of what we now face as a society.

Fahrenheit 451 (1966). Adapted from Ray Bradbury’s novel, this film depicts a futuristic society in which books are banned and serves as an adept metaphor for our obsessively politically correct society where virtually everyone now pre-censors speech.

THX 1138 (1970). This is a somber view of a dehumanized society totally controlled by a police state. The people are force-fed drugs to keep them passive, and they no longer have names but only letter/number combinations such as THX 1138. Any citizen who steps out of line is quickly brought into compliance by robotic police equipped with “pain prods”—electro-shock batons.

Soylent Green (1973). Set in a futuristic overpopulated New York City, the people depend on synthetic foods manufactured by the Soylent Corporation. The theme is chaos where the world is ruled by ruthless corporations whose only goal is greed and profit.

Blade Runner (1982). In a 21st century Los Angeles, human life is cheap, and anyone can be exterminated at will by the police (or blade runners). Based upon a Philip K. Dick novel, this exquisite Ridley Scott film questions what it means to be human in an inhuman world.

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984). The best adaptation of Orwell’s dark tale, this film visualizes the total loss of freedom in a world dominated by technology and its misuse, and the crushing inhumanity of an omniscient state.

They Live (1988). John Carpenter’s bizarre sci-fi social satire action film makes an effective political point about the underclass—that is, everyone except those in power—the point being that we, the prisoners of our devices, are too busy sucking up the entertainment trivia beamed into our brains and attacking each other up to start an effective resistance movement.

The Matrix (1999). Humanity is at war against technology which has taken the form of intelligent beings, and computer programmer Thomas A. Anderson, secretly a hacker known by the alias “Neo,” is actually living in The Matrix, an illusionary world that appears to be set in the present in order to keep the humans docile and under control.

Minority Report (2002). This film poses the danger of technology operating autonomously. Before long, we all may be mere extensions or appendages of the police state—all suspects in a world commandeered by machines.

V for Vendetta (2006). This film depicts a society ruled by a corrupt and totalitarian government where everything is run by an abusive secret police. The subtext here is that authoritarian regimes through repression create their own enemies—that is, terrorists—forcing government agents and terrorists into a recurring cycle of violence.

Land of the Blind (2006). This dark political satire is based on several historical incidents in which tyrannical rulers were overthrown by new leaders who proved just as evil as their predecessors.

All of these films—and the writers who inspired them—understood what many Americans, caught up in their partisan, flag-waving, zombified states, are still struggling to come to terms with: that there is no such thing as a government organized for the good of the people. Even the best intentions among those in government inevitably give way to the desire to maintain power and control at all costs.

Eventually, as I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, even the sleepwalking masses (who remain convinced that all of the bad things happening in the police state—the police shootings, the police beatings, the raids, the roadside strip searches—are happening to other people) will have to wake up.

Sooner or later, the things happening to other people will start happening to us and our loved ones.

When that painful reality sinks in, it will hit with the force of a SWAT team crashing through your door, a taser being aimed at your stomach, and a gun pointed at your head. And there will be no channel to change, no reality to alter, and no manufactured farce to hide behind.

As George Orwell warned, “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.”

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buzzardsluck's picture

We are all fucked until the lights won't turn on.

Billy the Poet's picture

I prefer Atlas Shrugged -- a dystopian novel with a happy ending.

“He stepped to the window and pointed to the skyscrapers of the city. He said that we had to extinguish the lights of the world, and when we would see the lights of New York go out, we would know that our job was done.”

Oh regional Indian's picture

try something new, really new.... th ematrix hates those walking against the herd, but also, ultimately sets them free...

https://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2010/06/20/leading-sugarcoated-lives-in...

Save_America1st's picture

George Orwell:  A Final Warning

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXm5hklbBsA

 

This is the direction the world is going in at the present time...
In our world, there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasment
The sex instinct will be eradicated.  We shall abolisht he orgasm...
There will be no loyalty, except loyalty to the party...
But always, there will be the intoxication of power...
Always and every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on a an enemy who is helpless...
If you want a picture of the future...Imagine a boot stamping on a human face...forever...

The moral to be drawn from this dangerous nightmare situation is a simple one: 

Don't let it happen...it depends on you

 

 

 

 

political_proxy's picture

was splendid until it depends on you
yup, we're fucked
the heads read the books, the manual how to readily implement their ultra control
not even alex and his droogs at the local korova milk bar could change this...

Save_America1st's picture

I love this video...I send it out all the time...have been since it came out in 2011.  It works to wake some of the sheep-tards up.

The Tiny Dot by Larken Rose:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6b70TUbdfs

 

Benito_Camela's picture

What a shit book. Rand was a welfare queen.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Held up as a visionary and responsible for much of what's fucked up in the world today.

Billy the Poet's picture

If you disagree with Rand's premise that a man must live his own life by his own values then please report for duty in my cotton field. You'll love it.

Mr. Universe's picture

Atlas Shrugged is the favorite book of many CEO's. Where Ayn got it way wrong is that "It is not all about you." She uses bad logic to come to the conclusion that if it's not all about you then you sold out to the collective. While entertaining, no one should base anything on her works, ever.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Well, if you agree that man is a "heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life" then please feel free to join the large band of entitled hand-out jockeys on either side of the Atlantic desperate to vote themselves some more lotus to eat. Purest decadence.

Billy the Poet's picture

That's what I'd expect a thief and a liar to say.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

You Want A Picture Of The Future? Imagine A Boot Stamping On Your Face

My response: I ALREADY FEEL LIKE THE GOVERNMENT BOOT HAS STAMPED ON MY FACE AND MY RIGHTS.

HRClinton's picture

These books and movies are intended as Warnings, and are perceived as such by the vast majority.

The control freaks, sociopaths and ruthless globalists however, see them as "How To" manuals.

directaction's picture

A black leather boot stomping on a human face?

That's a typical night on the town in San Francisco.

junction's picture

Add Robert Sheckley's "The Prize Of Peril", a 1957 short story that Stephen King plagiarized as "The Running Man".  Contestants in a game show where they win by avoid getting bumped off by killers.  Only now, the game show should be called "The Clinton Kill List".  

political_proxy's picture

Vince Foster will never die

coast1's picture

from Chris Rea a couple of decades ago...really seems appropriate, hope you guys dont mind...

Well I'm standing by the river
But the water doesn't flow
It boils with every poison you can think of
And I'm underneath the streetlight
But the light of joy I know
Scared beyond belief way down in the shadows
And the perverted fear of violence
Chokes the smile on every face
And common sense is ringing out the bell
This ain't no technological breakdown
Oh no, this is the road to hell

And all the roads jam up with credit
And there's nothing you can do
It's all just bits of paper flying away from you
Oh look out world, take a good look
What comes down here
You must learn this lesson fast and learn it well
This ain't no upwardly mobile freeway
Oh no, this is the road
Said this is the road
This is the road to hell

And all the roads jam up with credit
And there's nothing you can do
It's all just bits of paper flying away from you
Oh look out world, take a good look
What comes down here
You must learn this lesson fast and learn it well
This ain't no upwardly mobile freeway
Oh no, this is the road
Said this is the road
This is the road to hell

WileyCoyote's picture

Great song and so true!

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Written on the road to Hull, which makes all kinds of sense.

NoDebt's picture

This whole fucking thing has been dowhill since the Magna Carta.  What people really want is a benevolant king.  What they will get is just a king.

The entire experience of the "middle class" in the 20th century was the anomaly, not the norm.  The elites almost lost control, but they've since regained it.  They can't have a bunch of educated people with the financial resources to actually affect decisions about their futures.  So the elites spent a few decades figuring out how to takeaway their education and their money.  Mission accoplished, finally.  The elites are FULLY back in charge now.  

Just fucking down-vote me.  I don't give a flying fuck if you agree with me or not, it's what you're going to get.  

Billy the Poet's picture

I dub thee knight. Rise, Sir NoDebt.

NoDebt's picture

Not a knight.  Ronin, perhaps.  Principled, but no master.  And ultimately doomed.

I have come to the conclusion recently that what I believe in will be destroyed.  I don't fight it any more- the battle is long since lost.  Probably before I even joined it.  Now I just quietly teach others to prepare for the time when the soil will be ready for these ideas to germinate again.

 

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

We are looking for Arthur, and he will have to come from amongst us.

 

Btw, l'm not referring to Dudley Moore!

pizdowitz's picture

"Not a knight.  Ronin, perhaps.  Principled, but no master. "

A loser is more like it... And I thought I liked you...

NoDebt's picture

It's OK.  Lot of people feel that way about me.

It's also possible I'm wrong and everything will turn out just fine.

 

SumTing Wong's picture

Have you read "Isaiah's Job" by Albert Jay Nock?We have t remember we can reach a remnant, and that is all we need to do!

xrxs's picture

Plato's philosopher king from The Republic perhaps.  One of those comes around once every 1500 years or so. We're due in the year 3000.

NoDebt's picture

Same circle around the drain, but perhaps faster in modern times.

If this were happening back then we'd be headed into the Dark Ages.  Just with iPhones.

 

 

HRH Feant2's picture

Nah. More like the allegory of the cave. People sit in the dark watching shadows dance upon their devices and don't realize they are slaves. Heck, no need to even chain them up anymore. Try dragging them out of the shadows into the bright light of reality. Most love the shadows so much they will refuse to follow. Reality? They don't need no stinking reality.

cherry picker's picture

I ain't going to down vote you

But they only win with the masses

For a few of us who have a mental disease, a the term psychiatrists now label non-conformists, we will live the way we please.

I may be wrong, but I think it was Jesus Christ who once said you have to live in this world but not be of it.  I interprest that as living amoung them, but don't have to follow their agenda.

There are quite a few of us around the world.  Kind of do it our way.  May not ever be famous or have a lot of coin, that just attracts unwanted attention. 

NoDebt's picture

You just hit on the reason this stuff doesn't drag me down or drive me insane.  I sit outside it, so to speak.  Every now and then I find somebody else who sees the insanity the same way I do.  Doesn't take long to compare notes with them and realize you'rve arrived at the same conclusions.  You put those people in the "friend" column.  The rest is just doing what you can to save the savable.  Everyone else is set adrift to chance.

It's not fun realizing 95% of people are completely lost, most of them INTENTIONALLY and WILLFULLY so.  But those are the numbers, in my experience.  Enjoy the 5% and just be glad it's not 0.5%.  Pick your own percentages as you see fit- you don't have to agree with mine.  But be glad it's not 1/10th whatever you think it is.

 

 

devnickle's picture

I've discovered my purpose in life. Building a bridge to reality for the masses. It's currently in the draft stage. I can't get any consensus. They all think I'm crazy. I guess I'm part of the 5%.....

pizdowitz's picture

Get a job... Like driving a bus, like doing something for the people, instead of masturbating with lofty BS.

 

pizdowitz's picture

With all due respect

The 95% you are referring to, do not care one iota, what your 5% thinks. And please do not call them  proles or morons. They might be anyway, but for that to come from the lips of a self-anointed educator is pathetic.

My 2 bits: Unless you can get your 95% mobilised behind  your cause,  you are not a leader, but a whiner.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Meanwhile don't go putting words in peoples mouths.

Falcon49's picture

When you are born into a system, and that is all you know...you tend to adust to the environment in order to best survive and prosper.  Most people would rather live in an environment of stabillity and live their lives rather than accept "realitiy".  To them the acceptance of fiction is safe.  I have heard many people say they would rather live a safe and happpy life within the fiction....than accept the fact that they are slaves.  When confronted with reality they say...how can you go through life with that mindset?

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

To face up to reality would involve firstly looking into a mirror and dealing with what they see, and secondly being sufficiently arsed to do something about it.

. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

“The fate of Charles I has only made kings more subtle, not more just.” -Thomas Paine

coast1's picture

this is biblical...In the book of judges..they had judges, somewhat like governors, and they wanted a king...God said NO...they said yes, God said no, you will regret it...they said YES we want a king...so they got their fucking king and everything went downhill...For those who say I am off track for thinking the bible is an awesome history book, and much truth in it, needs to read it now and then and see how interesting it really is...

political_proxy's picture

“Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws.”

-Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812), founder of the House of Rothschild.

Benito_Camela's picture

Nah I can't down vote you because you sir are correct.

FreeNewEnergy's picture

I just read your first sentence, 

This whole fucking thing has been dowhill since the Magna Carta.

LMAO. According to such logic, people have been enslaved, tortured and defiled for the past 800 years. The Magna Carta was enacted in 1215.

I don't know, but it seems some progress has been made somewhere along that timeline.

 

tmosley's picture

Yet another doomer masturbation novel.

The deep state is fragile. If you want to imagine the future, imagine one where it has fallen apart. Probably not destroyed from withing, nor without, but jsut abandoned, because no-one cared anymore.

NoDebt's picture

The deep state is not fragile.  It is, right now, in its ascendancy, not it's decline.  All chaos at this point only feeds it ("never let a crisis go to waste").  Resistance requires a specific plan and coordination.  Do you see much of that going on around you?  I don't.  I see the vast majority of people perfectly willing to go along with this.

 

RMiller's picture

To be fair, if you were to see the plan going on around you, so would they.

 

NoDebt's picture

Exactly.  Exactly.  That's why I'm not a conspriacy theorist.  If "they" were so fucking perfect at engineering every event for our misdirection there would be no point trying to fight them.  They would already have won absolutely no matter how deeply you think you have penetrated their lies.

In imperfection is resiliency.  Show me anything perfect and I'll show you something more fragile than glass.

The deep state is not perfect.  And they are not fragile.

 

 

 

HRH Feant2's picture

I have the same viewpoint about the idea of perfection. Use of the P-word is not allowed in my house. Ever.

Uncle Skid's picture

"They" are human...fallible.  They may win some battles but not the war.