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

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.”

Comments

Save_America1st Oh regional Indian Tue, 07/04/2017 - 00:23 Permalink

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-abasmentThe 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    

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junction Mon, 07/03/2017 - 23:41 Permalink

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".  

coast1 Mon, 07/03/2017 - 23:41 Permalink

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 hellAnd 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

NoDebt Mon, 07/03/2017 - 23:46 Permalink

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.  

NoDebt Billy the Poet Mon, 07/03/2017 - 23:56 Permalink

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. 

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HRH Feant2 (not verified) xrxs Tue, 07/04/2017 - 00:40 Permalink

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.

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cherry picker NoDebt Mon, 07/03/2017 - 23:57 Permalink

I ain't going to down vote youBut they only win with the massesFor 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. 

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NoDebt cherry picker Tue, 07/04/2017 - 00:16 Permalink

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.  

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pizdowitz NoDebt Tue, 07/04/2017 - 03:06 Permalink

With all due respectThe 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.

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Falcon49 pizdowitz Tue, 07/04/2017 - 07:07 Permalink

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?

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coast1 NoDebt Tue, 07/04/2017 - 00:49 Permalink

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...

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FreeNewEnergy NoDebt Tue, 07/04/2017 - 07:52 Permalink

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.

 

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tmosley Mon, 07/03/2017 - 23:41 Permalink

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 tmosley Mon, 07/03/2017 - 23:51 Permalink

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. 

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NoDebt RMiller Tue, 07/04/2017 - 00:21 Permalink

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.   

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