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The first three lines of Sonnet 5 in the 1609 Quarto
Those hours that with gentle work did frame
The lovely gaze where every eye doth dwell,
Will play the tyrants to the very same
And that unfair which fairly doth excel:
For never-resting time leads summer on
To hideous winter and confounds him there;
Sap check’d with frost and lusty leaves quite gone,
Beauty o’ersnow’d and bareness every where:
Then, were not summer’s distillation left,
A liquid prisoner pent in walls of glass,
Beauty’s effect with beauty were bereft,
Nor it, nor no remembrance what it was:
But flowers distill’d, though they with winter meet,
Leese but their show; their substance still lives sweet.
Who decides what is Brexit?
who decides what is online harm?
Covid 19 Denialists, Aids Denialist, CLimate Denier, Heretic Heretic Heretic.
Burn The Witch.
IN THE NEW FASCIST EUSSR CLIMATE DENIERS AND BREXITDIVERGENTS WILL BE WEARING YELLOW C’S AND YELLOW B’S IN YELLOW STARRED ARMBANDS.
“What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with Obama, their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it.”
THERE WAS NOT A SHRED OF EVIDENCE THAT THE CLAIMANT WAS AT RISK OF COMMITTING A CRIMINAL OFFENCE. THE EFFECT OF THE POLICE TURNING UP AT HIS PLACE OF WORK BECAUSE OF HIS POLITICAL OPINIONS MUST NOT BE UNDERESTIMATED. TO DO SO WOULD BE TO UNDERVALUE A CARDINAL DEMOCRATIC FREEDOM. IN THIS COUNTRY WE HAVE NEVER HAD A CHEKA, A GESTAPO OR A STASI. WE HAVE NEVER LIVED IN AN ORWELLIAN SOCIETY.
TO MAKE A DADAIST POEM
Take a newspaper.
Take some scissors.
Choose from this paper an article of the length you want to make your poem.
Cut out the article.
Next carefully cut out each of the words that makes up this article and put them all in a bag.
Next take out each cutting one after the other.
Copy conscientiously in the order in which they left the bag.
The poem will resemble you.
And there you are – an infinitely original author of charming sensibility, even though unappreciated by the vulgar herd.
USURY HELL´S FUEL MANS OPPRESSOR
BOURGEOIS RESOLUTION AND
GLOBALISATION UN ENTANGLED.
“AGES AGO,” URTHRED CONTINUED, “WE CERTAINLY USED TO SPEAK
Verantwortung nach oben, Autorität nach unten.
(responsibility towards above, authority towards below)
FREUDIAN THEORY AND PATTERN OF FASCIST PROPAGANDA.
This is the ultimate root of the otherwise enigmatic personalization
of fascist propaganda, its incessant plugging of names and supposedly great men, instead of
discussing objective causes. The formation of the imagery of an omnipotent and unbridled
father figure, by far transcending the individual father and therewith apt to be enlarged into
a »group ego,« is the only way to promulgate the »passive-masochistic attitude … to whom
one’s will has to be surrendered,« an attitude required of the fascist follower the more his
political behaviour becomes irreconcilable with his own rational interests as a private person
as well as those of the group or c
to which he actually belongs.
They fail to develop an independent autonomous
conscience and substitute for it an identification with collective authority which is as irrational as Freud
described it, heteronomous, rigidly oppressive, largely alien to the individuals’ own thinking and, therefore,
easily exchangeable in spite of its structural rigidity. The phenomenon is adequately expressed in the Nazi
formula that what serves the German people is good. The pattern reoccurs in the speeches of American fascist
demagogues who never appeal to their prospective followers’ own conscience but incessantly invoke external,
conventional, and stereotyped values which are taken for granted and treated as authoritatively valid without
ever being subject to a process of living experience or discursive examination
The Fascists, down to the last smalltime demagogue, continuously
emphasize ritualistic ceremonies and hierarchical differentiations. The less hierarchy within
the setup of a highly rationalized and quantified industrial society is warranted, the more
artificial hierarchies with no objective
are built up and rigidly imposed by
Fascists for purely psycho-technical reasons.
Hitler’s famous formula,
oben, Autorität nach unten
, (responsibility towards above, authority towards below) nicely
rationalizes this character’s ambivalence.
This is the line pursued by the agitators’ standard »unity trick.« They emphasize their being
different from the outsider but play down such differences within their own group and tend
to level out distinctive qualities among themselves with the exception of the hierarchical
one. »We are all in the same boat;« nobody should be better off; the snob, the intellectual,
the pleasure seeker are always attacked. The undercurrent of malicious egalitarianism, of
brotherhood of all-comprising humiliation, is a component of fascist propaganda and
Fascism itself. It found its symbol in Hitler’s notorious command of the
“IF YOU WANT A PICTURE OF THE FUTURE, IMAGINE A BOOT STAMPING ON A HUMAN FACE—FOREVER.”
there is understanding, and there is acceptance. It is time for you to enter upon
the second stage.’
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
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.’
I decided to do some research on the Thin end of the Wedge, The Slippery Slope, The Camel´s nose ( not toe). Anyway it’s the Camel toes in power that have surely got their foot well and truly in the door.
“Your friend the baker was right,” said my colleague. “The dictatorship, and the whole process of its coming into being, was above all diverting. It provided an excuse not to think for people who did not want to think anyway. I do not speak of your ‘little men,’ your baker and so on; I speak of my colleagues and myself, learned men, mind you. Most of us did not want to think about fundamental things and never had. There was no need to.´´
They Thought They Were Free
The Germans, 1933-45
Milton Mayer http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/511928.html
“A FICTION THAT ELEVATES MY SOUL IS DEARER TO ME THAN A HOST OF BASE AND DESPICABLE TRUTHS”. PUSHKIN.
Ignorance is Strength