Skip to comments.The New Orwellianism [Victor Davis Hanson]
Posted on 06/19/2009 5:37:44 AM PDT by Tolik
We use Orwell, Orwellian, and Orwellianism loosely a lot these days, but what is going on in the Obama administration is beginning to get a little creepy and resembles a lot of things Orwell wrote about in 1984.
All this dissimulation is based on two general principles one, the cause of egalitarianism and equality of result is so critical that the tawdry means of distorting reality is not only worth it, but not tawdry; and two, 30 years of postmodern teaching in our law and graduate schools have insidiously convinced many of our elites that there is no absolute truth, only competing narratives that take on credence depending on the race, class, gender, and access to power of those who speak.
As a rule of thumb, when key administration officials say they do not wish to do something, the odds are they have already done it, and when they imply "Bush did it" it means that they will adopt it (e.g., anti-terrorism protocols) or exceed it (Bush deficits).
Just a partial list. More at the link: http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/victordavishanson/index
Obamas New Liberal Realism: abandoned Wilsonianism just to avoid supporting Iranian democracy Obamaworld Voting Present on Iran. Thugophilia Isn't Moral. The New Old Realism Reflections on the Iranian Enigma. The World Turned Upside Down Still a Boor and a Coward [Victor Davis Hanson on Letterman, Wright + Thoughts on a Creepy Culture] Just Make Stuff Up. President Obamas war on the truth A Boor and a Coward [Victor Davis Hanson tears apart the creep, a.k.a David Letterman] Our Historically Challenged President. A list of distortions I No Longer Quite Believe ... [Victor Davis Hanson on Orwellian media & science, race relations] It's Better When You Wake Up Body-Snatched . . . The Reckoning. Obama Versus the Way of the Universe The Age of Middle East Atonement. Therapeutic efforts to disguise the truth never really work Is It Going to Be Race and Resentment All the Time? Multiculturalism Trumps Freedom? Sotomayors Mistake. The diversity mess The Affirmative-Action Aristocracy? Lost in the Labyrinth of Race President Palins First 100 Days. Imagine if Sarah Palin had Obamas record Americans Want It Both Ways Our Have-It-Both-Ways Generation Our Jekyll and Hyde President. More radical than Jimmy Carter v smoother centrist than Bill Clinton? Crazy Times Crazier Times to Follow - when nonsense is passed off as wisdom Confessions of a Contrarian [deconstructing Obama, the Left and more] President Obamas First 70 Days. It really does all make sense Thoughts About Depressed Americans Bush Did It. What a difference an election makes [Brilliant Parody] Our Battered American [gets angrier - Must Read Rant]
Let me know if you want in or out.
Links: FR Index of his articles: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=victordavishanson
His website: http://victorhanson.com/
NRO archive: http://www.nationalreview.com/hanson/hanson-archive.asp
Dead on. I fear for the quality of our election results in 2010 and 2012. It appears we have totalitarians at the gate with little opposition. Excepting Fox News and talk radio, the media has given up all pretence of impartiality. I fear for American democracy.
Four legs good, two legs bad.
Dr. Hanson wrote an excellent piece last week about the large number of distortions of history Obama used in his speech in Cairo. He should have added the “memory hole” to today’s article as Obama is constantly and blatantly distorting or erasing known history to his advantage.
Saving for later.
A better word may be: Postkynesis: To kiss behind
Learned another word today.
Polite term for kissing Obama’s ass?
Bush = Trotsky (or Emmanuel Goldberg in 1984). Always good to focus the hate.
Probably the root word for “prostrate”.
I’m with you on the fear of the future elections. This group of “rulers” are setting the table for a terrorist attack by weakening the country and flashing weakness to those who want to hurt us. I’m afraid that an attack from inside or outside would give him the excuse he needs to executive order his way to absolute power. He is currently ignoring the Constitution and acting outside of the law. His bought and paid for media is right in step. The party that got him there is completely content to allow all this crap to happen as long as they are in positions of power. They want to destroy the country as it is currently constituted to remake it in their socialist utopian vision. The problem is that somewhere in the process, we will be a destroyed country and ripe for the taking by another country. Then what, the dims will be our “absolute” rulers who have to answer to another power. These people are so blinded by their quest for power that they have NO foresight of their actions. And we are along for the ride. Makes perfect sense why a lot of Americans are arming up and paying off debts.
Comrade, you need not waste your energies on thoughts such as these. You are obviously tired and need a nice vacation at club FEMA. There you will be able to share in the joys as our community organizers carefully explain how our dear leaders glorious 5 year plan will lead us all to a future with tolerance and economic justice for all.
Hanson's right, but the administration feels if people need to know the above, they'll be the ones to tell them. After all, ignorance is strength...
"30 years of postmodern teaching in our law and graduate schools have insidiously convinced many of our elites that there is no absolute truth, only competing narratives that take on credence depending on the race, class, gender, and access to power of those who speak."
But some narratives are more equal than others.
When they get "bitter" and "cling to guns and religion"...their narrative is considered invalid. It is a pretty straight line from the Richard Hofstadter liberalism and Frankfurt School theory the One absorbed at Columbia and Harvard to the DoubleThink and Big Brotherism of Obammunism. The same multiculturalist and Marxist prohibition of φρόνησις and asking of logical questions which would expose the fraud, sophistry, newspeak, charlatanism, and dishonesty of all of this. The same elites who howled most loudly and hysterically about Bush's evangelical "What would Jesus do?" comment now revere Obama as a god and messiah. They can't see the irony of this?
Yet none dare touch upon the sham affirmative action, slick Soros handlers and glad-handing benefactors who have elevated the One through Columbia and Harvard Law, escorted on red carpets and Greek temple columns before adoring cameras and journalists, to make all of this charade possible. The Alinskyite Deweyite idol sashaying around the world denigrating America and Western culture while proclaiming the U.S. is no longer a Christian nation. Generally speaking, we don't usually have pharaohs demanding worship in the West. Liberals may their own Separation of Church and State problem here with the Caliphate of Obama.
Be sure to tune into ABC daily for your Two Minutes' Hate. In your ideological confusion you called that picture George W. Bush, but his name is Emmanuel Goldstein. And Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.
I am appalled by the sexism of the Obama administration when they call terrorism “man-made catastrophes.”
What kind of message is this sending to millions of young radical Islamic girls? Sorry aspiring female jihadists, but according the Obama only MEN can create catastrophes.
Feminists should demand that the new phrase should be "Catastrophes correlated with human activity." Sarcasm off/
Rush on how liberals changed naming of hurricanes:
“You know it used to be that hurricanes were named only after women because they were destructive and unpredictable. And that's the reason. The feminists grew upset about that, demanded that hurricanes be named after men, and so now, the civil rights leaders are demanding black names for hurricanes.”
” But some narratives are more equal than others.”
Wonderful post. Do you have a blog?
It is becoming like a pharaoh or a non-Western dictatorship, isn't it? Forbidding people to question the leader, all kinds of idiotic policies, proclamations we are no longer a Christian nation, while singing praises for a non-Christian religion. Has anyone asked whether this is what we should be doing? Aren't these just fantasies and obsessions from Obama's own mind and strange Third World upbringing??? Which have NOTHING to do with reality?
"he attended Harvard Law School during the Critical Legal Studies revolution, whose slogan law is politics, taught that law, like all human constructs, is mutable, and can be tailored to changing agendas"
This postmodern side to Obama will be interesting to watch, particularly his desire to separate the U.S. from Christian culture. Apparently, he was essentially brainwashed at Harvard in relativism and multiculturalism through what is called "Critical Legal Studies" in liberal academic jargon. The deeper you dig, the worse it gets...
You should start a blog.