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Nick Clegg’s Orwellian redefinition of domestic violence

According to Clegg, the Government is rethinking domestic violence to mean “suffering at the hands of people who are meant to care for you”. But that is not domestic violence. It is something else. I can’t see any good coming from this Orwellian overhaul of the meaning of the words “domestic” and “violence” and of […]

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NZ PM should ponder the Orwellian switch to the farmhouse…

George Orwell is one of my favourite authors. 1984 is, of course, his most famous work but to my mind the simplicity and truth of Animal Farm makes it a superior work in the way it explores the corrupting nature of power. I’ve been thinking of Animal Farm a lot this week as I watched […]

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Thought Police & Snitches

Nothing is efficient in Oceania except the Thought Police….A Party member lives from birth to death under the eye of the Thought Police. Even when he is alone he can never be sure that he is alone. Wherever he may be, asleep or awake, working or resting, in his bath or in bed, he can […]

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The savage satire of `1984′ still speaks to us today (1999!)

WE ARE not very good at celebrations in this country. Back in 1967, no one thought of organising public celebrations for the Reform Bill of 1867, despite the fact that this (not the more famous Bill 1832, which simply rationalised a property franchise and was praised by Hegel) was the beginning of a movement towards […]

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USA: You should expect Big Brother to track your phone

In a frightening new decision, a federal appeals court says that you have no expectation of privacy when the police want to track your location using your cell phone. U.S. v. Skinner, Case No. 09-6497. The court said that the police don’t need to bother getting a warrant if they want to stalk you by […]

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George Orwell, the prophet of political correctness

One only has to look at how words such as “elitist” or “discrimination” have been altered since Orwell’s death to see how changing the meaning of a word can make the terrain of debate very difficult for one side. All these practices were alive in Orwell’s day, in Soviet Russia, where a more brutal form […]

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UK city council’s use of controversial surveillance powers increased

THE use of controversial surveillance powers designed to fight terrorism increased dramatically in Wirral over the past three years. The town hall’s use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act – RIPA –rose from just two occasions in 2008/09 to 23 last year. The surveillance operations exploit anti-terror laws but many local authorities have been […]

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Orwell is so much more than simply ‘Left-wing’

England remains a country of in-betweeners. Were he here today, Orwell would be writing for them, about them and the popular culture that appeals to them (he was one of the first to write seriously and respectfully on this subject). His voice would be raised against the creeping totalitarianism of a liberal orthodoxy about which […]

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Orwell’s 1984 Solution to Criminalize War

In George Orwell’s 1984 the Outer Party comprised a mere thirteen percent of the population and was subject to the ideological filters in play at the Ministry of Truth and the broader bureaucratic structure. A specific language and way of thinking were closely adhered to. Given their political import, Outer Party members were the most […]

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1984 | Thought Crime to Destroy New World Order

Christopher Greene explains how thought crime will destroy the New World Order paradigm.  See it here. 1984 | Thought Crime to Destroy New World Order – YouTube.

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