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 Totalitarian America

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Oct 02, 2001
Official statement of policy from the U.S. Government: The U.S. is now a totalitarian regime.

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Whitehouse press secretary Ari Fleischer has made an official statement of U.S. policy, concerning a slightly inappropriate remark made by a TV talk-show host:

There are reminders to all Americans that they need to watch what they do, and this is not a time for remarks like that; there never is.

Remember that the press secretary is the official mouthpiece of the Bush administration. Fleischer's statement effectively amounts to "do not say anything we do not like; failure to do so will result in government persecution." Am I the only one who finds this chilling? I'm not and have never been an American, so personally I could care less. But are the American people truly so stupid so that they fail to see what this entails? Remember that the Soviet government didn't officially censor anything; like its American counterpart, the Soviet government preferred to make "suggestions" to writer's trade unions to "write tactfully" so that readers won't be offended by "insensitive" remarks about the government. Of course, those who failed to "act with appropriate tact" were put in institutions for the insane -- because anybody who flaunts public opinion so flagrantly must be obviously psychologically unbalanced.

I know that you (Americans) scoff at what I'm saying; you are too deep in the morass of doublethink already to notice the truth. Just remember that the average Soviet citizen would have laughed in your face if you hold him that his government is an oppressive regime.

Congratulations -- you are now the Evil Empire.


Even scarier... (none / 0) (#1)
by hauntedattics on Tue Oct 2nd, 2001 at 09:40:41 AM PST
What really scares me is that Fleischer's original comment was that "all Americans need to <B>watch what they say</B> and watch what they do..." The "watch what they say" part was edited out of the official transcript. Eek.

Doublethink indeed. (4.00 / 2) (#2)
by tkatchev on Tue Oct 2nd, 2001 at 10:03:16 AM PST
This is exactly what doublethink is all about. I think everybody needs to read 1984 again, if just to understand the totalitarian mindset. "Totalitarian" doesn't mean an oppressive and cruel government -- it simply means that the people in the society do not understand what freedom is all about anymore. That is the real danger, not armed cops beating down your door. If people weren't complacent there would not be armed cops in the first place.

Peace and much love...

Good Lord (5.00 / 1) (#3)
by Hunter on Tue Oct 2nd, 2001 at 01:45:19 PM PST
If anyone needs to read 1984 again I suggest that they first stop smoking so much marijuana. If a person does not understand the main point behind 1984 on the first read, all hope is lost they they will ever be lucid enough to function in polite society.

To further reinforce, for those who didn't 'get' 1984 or possibly forgot what it was about despite being reminded of it every time some fool thinks his government wants to throw everyone in the stockade, do not bother reading 1984 again unless you want to send the entire non-catatonic world the message that you are as dense as stone.

Dense as stone? (none / 0) (#6)
by Anonymous Reader on Wed Oct 3rd, 2001 at 04:57:19 AM PST
I don't know. I first read 1984 back when I was a little nipper, and THOUGHT I understood what it was about. Then I get a little more politically aware, read a little (well, a lot) more of Orwell, and re-read 1984 again... NOW I have a better idea of what he was saying. It's a very nihilistic view of fascism and what it can do to those who fight it... becoming what they despise.

Exactly. (none / 0) (#7)
by tkatchev on Wed Oct 3rd, 2001 at 06:04:00 AM PST
Viewing 1984 as a simple "social-action" kind of anti-socialist leaflet is 100% wrong. There is a lot of underhanded and non-trivial psychological and social commentary in there. Trying to fit the book into any sort of political straightjacket is a misguided effort; it is more about the psychological twists of the human mind that turn us into fascists, not about any particular evil political movement "du jour".

Peace and much love...

You Crazy Enslaved Americans. (none / 0) (#4)
by Anonymous Reader on Wed Oct 3rd, 2001 at 03:29:32 AM PST
Let me explain it to you:

  • You slaughter thousands and thousands of native Americans.
  • You enslave millions of black Africans.
  • You mount witch hunts against 'witches' in salem and so-called 'communists' (McCarthyism).
  • You have more handgun deaths than any other country in the world.
  • You send your own young over to Vietnam to be killed.
  • Your corporations exploit sweatshop and child labor worldwide.
  • Your CIA and mafia kills your own president, and you have a huge stockpile of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons ready to go.

    Now, you ask yourself again. When did America become a totalitarian society ?

    I think you will find it goes back a little bit further than Ari Fleischer's comments.

    You should read Noam Chomsky's excellent essay on 'The Manufacture of Consent'

  • Well, yes. (none / 0) (#5)
    by tkatchev on Wed Oct 3rd, 2001 at 04:36:55 AM PST
    It's just scary that Fleischer basically comes out and says so in plain speech.

    Peace and much love...

    Scary ? Funny more like ! (none / 0) (#8)
    by Anonymous Reader on Wed Oct 3rd, 2001 at 06:20:42 AM PST
    To most Europeans this statement will be regarded with humour rather than fright. America has always been a very controlling society, with ostracism for those who bucked the trend. The myth of the 'land of the free' is just that - a myth. But it is part of your indoctrination, along with pledges of alligence etc etc.

    Try this simple excercise if you can. Try and imagine for 10 seconds, that the USA is not the best place in the world, that it is not #1 nation, and that there are better places to live.

    If you are American, this exercise will cause you mental pain and you will probably be unable to complete it. On the other hand, if you are European, you are probably finding it very easy, from your European country with its free health care for all, strictly controlled handguns, low crime rates and general all around prosperity.

    You should not believe all the propaganda that the USA Governmental/Media/Military/Corporatist machine puts out.


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