Tuesday, August 05, 2003

On the relevance of Orwell

If this guy really believed his own bullshit, he'd be scared right now.

On Meet the Press (Via Hesiod) this weekend, Tom Ridge said this:

I guess one of the challenges we have to understand is that our job is, first of all, to reduce risk becausethe risk— the president intuitively realized we are at war. It is a permanent condition. That’s why they made permanent changes in the government. That’s why we have a Department of Homeland Security. (Italics Nitpicker's)

From 1984:

The very word 'war', therefore, has become misleading. It would probably be accurate to say that by becoming continuous war has ceased to exist. The peculiar pressure that it exerted on human beings between the Neolithic Age and the early twentieth century has disappeared and been replaced by something quite different. The effect would be much the same if the three super-states, instead of fighting one another, should agree to live in perpetual peace, each inviolate within its own boundaries. For in that case each would still be a self-contained universe, freed for ever from the sobering influence of external danger. A peace that was truly permanent would be the same as a permanent war. This -- although the vast majority of Party members understand it only in a shallower sense -- is the inner meaning of the Party slogan: War is Peace.

Would someone please tell the administration that this book was never intended to be in the "How To" section.


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