Montreal Simon: Trumpland: 1984 or Brave New World?

It's fashionable to compare to Donald Trump to Big Brother in Orwell's 1984. And there are some disturbing similarities. President Trump on Friday moved to chisel away at the Obama administration’s legacy on financial regulation, announcing steps to revisit the rules enacted after the 2008 financial crisis and to back away from a measure intended to protect ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Very Timely Reminder

In 1984, the Enemy of the State was the elusive Emmanuel Goldstein, likely a contrived figure upon whom the masses could hurl their hatred, while Big Brother, the real enemy, surveilled and controlled the masses. In the noir world of Trumpland, it appears the first of what will likely be many official enemies of the ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Trap of Identity Politics

Smells like 1984… “Identity has become the axis of so much university activism because, for all the radical posturing associated with it, identity politics does not threaten the established order of society. It promotes a moralistic and self-indulgent anti-politics, where a person’s use of language and the purity of their thinking matters more than confronting ...

Politics and its Discontents: Winston Smith – Alive And Well At The CBC?

You may recall the protagonist of Orwell’s 1984, the records clerk named Winston Smith whose job it was to continually rewrite history so that it accorded with the constantly-changing imperatives of Big Brother’s government. The novel’s ending is ambiguous; Winston, a broken man, may or may not die. I am here to report that Winston ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your weekend. – Nick Kristof writes that the growing gap in income reflects a similarly growing gap in social perception – and that there’s plenty of need to reduce both: There is an income gap in America, but just as important is a compassion gap. Plenty of successful people see a ...

Cowichan Conversations: Big Brother’s power is building, warns George Orwell biographer

Mankind, like the proverbial lobster in the pot, is becoming conditioned to losing rights and freedoms at an alarming rate. ‘Orwell wrote 1984 as a warning. He felt that if someone didn’t sound the alarm loudly enough, eventually a lot of the freedoms he cherished would be lost. -’CBC News Little do they know! Michael ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canada Doublespeak Watch: Kent, environmentalists & “money laundering”

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Mar 7, 2013: The Harper Government is increasingly using doublespeak to stifle the democratic conversation on the issues of our time, including: the Alberta tar sands. It’s quite possible that this government has studied Joseph Goebbels. First, let’s take a look at the one where Stephen Harper’s environment Minister, Peter Kent, bizarrely accused environmental groups of “money laundering”. Minister Kent made the ...

The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Harper’s Canada is reminiscent of Orwell’s Nightmarish “1984″ World

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 18, 2013: Allan Gregg, a prominent media commentator, chairperson of polling firm Harris/Decima, and strategist for the Progressive Conservatives under Brian Mulroney, says Stephen Harper‘s Canada is reminiscent of Orwell’s nightmarish “1984” world. So he said in an impassioned delivered at Carleton University on September 5, 2012. Gregg tells us: “A quick ...

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canadians to Conservative MP Kelly Block: We Disagree With Racism

by Obert Madondo (@Obiemad) In Canada we hardly confront racism by political figures. As a consequence, Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s government and Conservative MPs are having a field day practicing racism and creating resentment towards minority groups dominated by persons of color. Earlier this year, Harper’s immigrant-bashing minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, introduced draconian cuts to ...

Accidental Deliberations: Move along, nothing to see here

And certainly no reason for worry about this afterthought as the Cons decide which immigrants they’d like to throw out of Canada on their respective ears (or prevent from arriving): And there are another 2,500 people who, for various reasons, have prompted the concern of the government. Mr. Kenney said they will be watched closely.

Politics and its Discontents: The Assault on Reason

Yesterday I wrote a post on the important role education plays in the development of critical thinking skills, skills that are crucial for anyone who aspires to being something more than a puppet of government and corporate propaganda. Unfortunately, as I noted, current education reforms under consideration in Ontario will undermine the building of those ...

Trashy's World: George Orwell’s 1984…

… was supposed to be a warning about police states. Not an instruction manual on how to set one up! The Canadian Border Services Agency told The Ottawa Citizen that unidentified sites at airports and borders are already equipped with audio-video monitoring to boost security. The audio technology, though installed, is not recording just yet. ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Orthodoxy is unconsciousness

“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?… Has it ever occurred to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive … Continue reading →