Wednesday, November 26, 2008


The below [found here]

Does life imitate art? Have modern nation-states been imitating the totalitarian world George Orwell painted in his seering novel, 1984, at least on a gratuitous level? Or was Orwell simply a prophet, his art becoming a premonition of life in an increasingly fear-ridden, control-freak world where the masses are herded like steers on a cattle drive by those with the cattle prods, or tasers, all the way to the slaughterhouse? Either way, some of the features of sophisticated modern police-states throughout the world clearly parallel what Orwell predicted, some more than others. If you don't believe me, check out the movie.


A scene from the movie 1984 (source)

Here is the powerful political prophecy by George Orwell, 1984, set to film IN 1984, starring John Hurt as Winston Smith, Richard Burton, in his final movie, as O'Brien, and with Suzanna Hamilton as Julia, quite a well-done production. See it at

Use the bottom right pulldown menu on the screen to switch to full screen.

Will what is depicted in this film be the ultimate fate of America? Many would argue that we are already half-way there, what with the frenetic National Security State that is always threatened by real, shadowy or futuristic enemies, with its corrollary manifestations, Homeland Security, an endless War on Terror, the Patriot Act, institutionalized torture and a consolidated media. And will the possibly coming impoverishment of the American people and perhaps the entire planet just accelerate the inevitable? Welcome to Oceania, Eastasia and Eurasia?

Student of history, religion, exoteric and esoteric, the Humanities in general and advocate for peace, justice and the unity of humankind, not through force, but through self-realization and mutual respect. I have also just come out with my first book, a combination of poetry, photography and essays entitled "Post Katrina Blues", my reflections on the Gulf Coast and New Orleans two years after Katrina struck. Go to the store at to purchase.

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