The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical (oh-li-gar-kick) Collectivism. George Orwell presents…. Or: “How to stop crafting a nuanced piece of fiction and cram in your own philosophical principles with all the subtlety of a tap-dancing rhinoceros.” .
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The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical (oh-li-gar-kick) Collectivism
George Orwell presents…
Or: “How to stop crafting a nuanced piece of fiction and cram in your own philosophical principles with all the subtlety of a tap-dancing rhinoceros.”
…Where Orwell presents an excerpt from Emmanuel Goldstein’s book.
…Where the author presents his most overt philosophical beliefs on society, politics, and the history of organized government.
…Where readers ask themselves, “Can this be true?” and “What does it mean?” and “How many marshmallows can I fit in my mouth?”
Oligarchy: a form of government where political power effectively rests with a small elite segment of society.
Capitalism: A social system based in which people are free to produce, trade, and thus precondition an economic system in which all property is privately owned and operated for profit.
Investments, distribution, income, production and pricing of goods and services are determined through the operation of a market economy.
The Three Stooges are not a committee.
It is no coincidence that Emmanuel Goldstein is a Jewish name.
Orwell was deeply disturbed by the pervasiveness, efficiency, and success of Nazi Germany. He based many facets of 1984 on its example, including:
Now… on to Chapter 9!
The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism
Chapter 1: Ignorance is Strength
This pattern never changes.
And thus, history unfolds in the following pattern:
The Middle want to switch places with The High.
The High wish to remain High… er, in power, that is.
The High remain in power for a time, until they lose faith in themselves, or their ability to rule efficiently, or both.
They are overthrown by the Middle, who enlist the Low by pretending to be fighting for liberty or justice or some other cause.
Thus, the Middle become the new High, while a new Middle develops, and the Low remain in their previous position.
The Low—when they have a goal—wish to establish a society where there are no class distinctions.
Kill the rich!
Kill the rich!
Poop On You!
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
...Prevent crimes by being so stupid or feeble-minded that you are no longer capable of revolutionary thought?
…Practice doublethink– the process of holding two contradictory beliefs at the same time and believing both?
…Wordlessly accept a constantly revised description of past events that almost always negate your own experiences?
Indeed, shaping the ideal citizen is part of Ingsoc’s agenda.
Are you the perfect citizen? Do you…
No one superpower is strong enough to conquer the other two.
Thus, the goal of warfare is not to win, but to continuously use up the surplus of a society without actually raising the standard of living.
And so, the business of society becomes not protecting the interests of the governed, but a sustainable, perpetual state of warfare.
Why fight a never-ending war? Oh, I’m so glad you asked!
Do you believe
Do you believe?
Orwell blended the political realities of his lifetime with the theories and ideas of Marx and Burnham to create the world of 1984. The question is: Do you agree with his conclusions?