I've been reading Orwell's Classic- 1984 - a book which just seems to get more and more relevant.
In the book the Totalitarian State incessantly promotes 3 mantras to the enslaved populace:
- WAR IS PEACE
- SLAVERY IS FREEDOM
- IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
Current Parallels circa 2011:
WAR IS PEACE
The Western World is at Peace at present. Actually it's not - thats just the way it seems. The only way we will have Peace is if we invade Iran, as they may have WMDs which means we are actually at War.*
SLAVERY IS FREEDOM
Wow, isn't it great to be alive and free in the Western World:
"You think you’re free? Trying going anywhere without fucking money." ~ Bill Hicks
...or, as David Graeber more eloquently puts it : "If Aristole were around today He’d probably conclude that most Americans were, for all intents and purposes, slaves."
...it's even got a name: WAGE SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
Remember WikiLeaks anyone? Remember how all the politicians jumped on Assange denouncing him as a serious threat to National Strength?
WikiLeaks response: "Which country is suffering from too much Freedom of Speech? Name it, is there one?"
*Are our memories that short? Havent we been duped with this line before??