Noam Chomsky (1): On the Global Dystopia of America

Robert Scheer interviews Noam Chomsky edited by O Society Jan 11, 2019 Robert Scheer: I always say the intelligence comes from my guests; in this case, I’m saying it with great respect and awe. My guest is Noam Chomsky. And actually, this is my first real encounter with this man. But I obviously, as many … Continue reading Noam Chomsky (1): On the Global Dystopia of America

21st Century Propaganda: A Guide to Interpret & confront the Dark Arts of Persuasion

by Gideon Lichfield edited by O Society October 10, 2019 “There are two kinds of propaganda,” wrote Aldous Huxley in 1958 in Brave New World Revisited, a retrospective on his famous novel: "rational propaganda in favor of action that is consonant with the enlightened self-interest of those who make it and those to whom it is addressed…" … Continue reading 21st Century Propaganda: A Guide to Interpret & confront the Dark Arts of Persuasion

2084 Orwell Revisited in the Age of Trump

by Tom Engelhardt edited by O Society August 23, 2019 I, Winston Smith... I mean, Tom Engelhardt... have not just been reading a dystopian novel, but, it seems, living one -- and I suspect I’ve been living one all my life. Yes, I recently reread George Orwell’s classic 1949 novel, 1984. In it, Winston Smith, a … Continue reading 2084 Orwell Revisited in the Age of Trump

Next Contestant, Iran: Meet America’s Permanent War Formula

[reads from Goldstein's book]"In accordance to the principles of doublethink, it does not matter if the war is not real, or when it is, that victory is not possible. The war is not meant to be won. It is meant to be continuous. The essential act of modern warfare is the destruction of the produce … Continue reading Next Contestant, Iran: Meet America’s Permanent War Formula

“Newspeak” and “Doublethink” are Alive and Well

Newspeak is "politically correct" speech taken to its maximum. Newspeak is based on standard English, but all words describing "unorthodox" political ideas are removed. There is an attempt to remove the overall number of words in general, so to limit the range of ideas which can be expressed. by O Society Feb 14, 2019 During … Continue reading “Newspeak” and “Doublethink” are Alive and Well

Time to use the “F” Word: What is Fascism?

edited by O Society June 27, 2019 Of all the unanswered questions of our time, perhaps the most important is: ‘What is Fascism?’ One of the social survey organizations in America recently asked this question of a hundred different people, and got answers ranging from ‘pure democracy’ to ‘pure diabolism’. In this country if you ask … Continue reading Time to use the “F” Word: What is Fascism?