The Rovian Actors in History world of 1984 and 2019. “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.” O’Brien on Goldstein. #Solipsism #FUD #Fear, #uncertainty and #doubt


The establishment is at war with itself, Trump and Brexit, 2016 was a watershed year post-2008 crash.
How things pan out from here boil down to how Events Turn out. In the Mac Millan sense.
Super Mac ( Harold Mc Millan), was quite right when he said you have never had it so good. Whilst, from a consumer point of view many people
including me, are unimaginably better off materially than we were in our childhood and certainly than our parents were in theirs’
The same thing will not be said, for most peoples Children. Certainly not on the present trajectory, which seems to be Planned, or may to be to do with Peak Energy Returned on Energy Invested?
The measure of prosperity and well being is a tricky one perhaps the best measure is that of mental well being and contentment
rather than say Happiness or indeed “material” success.
Orwell through the voice of

Emmanuel Goldstein.

​gets the DIrection of travel of where we are headed and certainly where we have been.

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”

― George Orwell, 1984
The Context of this quote in 1984 comes from the Dialogue between Winston and O’Brien
when O’Brien Explains the second Stage of re-interrogation.
’There are three stages in your reintegration,’ said O’Brien. ’There is learning,
there is understanding, and there is acceptance. It is time for you to enter upon
the second stage.’
The dial, also, had grown to be less of a terror. He could evade its pangs if he
was quick-witted enough: it was chiefly when he showed stupidity that O’Brien
pulled the lever. Sometimes they got through a whole session without use of
the dial. He could not remember how many sessions there had been. The whole
process seemed to stretch out over a long, indefinite time
Do you remember writing in your diary, ”I
understand how: I do not understand why”? It was when you thought about
”why” that you doubted your own sanity. You have read the book, Goldstein’s
book, or parts of it, at least. Did it tell you anything that you did not know
’You have read it?’ said Winston.
’I wrote it. That is to say, I collaborated in writing it. No book is produced
individually, as you know.’
’Is it true, what it says?’
’A description, yes. The programme it sets forth is nonsense. The secret
accumulation of knowledge — a gradual spread of enlightenment — ultimately
a proletarian rebellion — the overthrow of the Party. You foresaw yourself that
that was what it would say. It is all nonsense. The proletarians will never revolt,
not in a thousand years or a million. They cannot. I do not have to tell you the
reason: you know it already. If you have ever cherished any dreams of violent
insurrection, you must abandon them. There is no way in which the Party can
be overthrown. The rule of the Party is for ever. Make that the starting-point
of your thoughts.’
You understand well enough how the
Party maintains itself in power. Now tell me why we cling to power. What is
our motive? Why should we want power?
He knew in advance what O’Brien would say.
That the Party did not seek power for its own ends, but only for the good
of the majority. That it sought power because men in the mass were frail
cowardly creatures who could not endure liberty or face the truth, and must
be ruled over and systematically deceived by others who were stronger than
themselves. That the choice for mankind lay between freedom and happiness,
and that, for the great bulk of mankind, happiness was better.
The Party seeks
power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others ; we
are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness:
only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently.
We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we
are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were- cowards
and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very
close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their
own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized
power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there
lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like
that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing
it. Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in
order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish
the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture
is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?’
The first thing you must realize is that power is collective.
The individual only has power in so far as he ceases to be an individual. You
know the Party slogan: ”Freedom is Slavery”. Has it ever occurred to you that
it is reversible? Slavery is freedom. Alone — free — the human being is always
defeated. It must be so, because every human being is doomed to die, which is
the greatest of all failures. But if he can make complete, utter submission, if he
can escape from his identity, if he can merge himself in the Party so that he is
the Party, then he is all-powerful and immortal. The second thing for you to
realize is that power is power over human beings. Over the body but, above all,
over the mind. Power over matter — external reality, as you would call it — is
not important. Already our control over matter is absolute.’
Winston still not brokes says this halfway through the second re-interrogation.
’But how can you control matter?’ he burst out. ’You don’t even control
the climate or the law of gravity. And there are disease, pain, death-’

’We control matter because
we control the mind. Reality is inside the skull. You will learn by degrees,
Winston. There is nothing that we could not do. Invisibility, levitation —
anything. I could float off this floor like a soap bubble if I wish to. I do not wish
to, because the Party does not wish it. You must get rid of those nineteenth-
century ideas about the laws of Nature. We make the laws of Nature.’

response by O’Brien to Winston’s question.
’I told you, Winston,’ he said, ’that metaphysics is not your strong point.
The word you are trying to think of is solipsism. But you are mistaken. This is
not solipsism. Collective solipsism, if you like. But that is a different thing: in
fact, the opposite thing. All this is a digression,’ he added in a different tone.
’The real power, the power we have to fight for night and day, is not power over
things, but over men.’ He paused, and for a moment assumed again his air of
a schoolmaster questioning a promising pupil: ’How does one man assert his
power over another, Winston?’
Winston thought. ’By making him suffer,’ he said.
’Exactly. By making him suffer. Obedience is not enough. Unless he is suf-
fering, how can you be sure that he is obeying your will and not his own? Power
is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces
and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing. Do you
begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite
of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of
fear and treachery is torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon,
a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself. Progress
in our world will be progress towards more pain. The old civilizations claimed
that they were founded on love or justice. Ours is founded upon hatred. In our
world there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement.
Everything else we shall destroy everything. Already we are breaking down the
habits of thought which have survived from before the Revolution. We have cut
the links between child and parent, and between man and man, and between
man and woman. No one dares trust a wife or a child or a friend any longer.
But in the future there will be no wives and no friends. Children will be taken
from their mothers at birth, as one takes eggs from a hen. The sex instinct
will be eradicated. Procreation will be an annual formality like the renewal of a
ration card. We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it
now. There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be
no love, except the love of Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the
laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no
science. When we are omnipotent we shall have no more need of science. There
will be no distinction between beauty and ugliness. There will be no curiosity,
no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed.
154But always — do not forget this, Winston — always there will be the intoxica-
tion of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at
every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on
an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot
stamping on a human face — for ever.’

´´The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. “That’s not the way the world really works anymore.” He continued “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

Suskind, Ron (2004-10-17). Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush. The New York Times Magazine.



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