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The Orwellian world we live in, in 2020


Well I never, an article by Alson Mau in The Sunday Star Times with which I found myself largely agreeing with – Alison Mau: An election year to make George Orwell spin in his grave – I suggest people read it and form their own conclusions

Much of the article was about how we are subjected to a deluge of information, much of which is false or otherwise misleading. For more on this topic see my posts on Lawfare’s Arbiters of Truth series starting with this one. This post seemed very relevant as well.

Mau closed her column by looking at the attempted censorship of various images which were critical of Trump. She drew attention to this:

One reader responded to the Washington Post article this week by comparing National Archives staff to Winston Smith – the character in George Orwell’s 1984, whose job was to alter historical archives so they would not offend those in power.

“Orwell’s character said it all,” the reader wrote. 

“Who controls the past, controls the future: who controls the present, controls the past .. it follows that the past is whatever the party chooses to make it.”

If even the people who we trust to guard our history betray us, then we are indeed in deep, deep trouble.

Very true and we are not immune here in NZ, and some of the worst offenders are our media.

However,we must as always make sure that the balance is always firmly tilted in favour of free speech, rather than according to the precious views of the Woke , who infest our society especially politics,academia,social media and media generally.


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