From Orwell to Huxley: Grim Prospects of Truth-Telling | New Eastern Outlook

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05-11-19 07:50:00,

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Scroll through NEO’s website and you will realize that we have been honest in reporting the problems the world faces on a daily basis.  The articles are straightforward: real issues, real people, and real insight.

While we are steadfast in our reporting, more and more journalists are being subject to the most severe form of censorship, some have taken to – self-censorship in order to avoid the wrath of the powers that be. Such arm twisting by the authorities is nothing but a frontal attack on any semblance of a free media.

It is even worse than that—people, in general, are so skeptical of anything written or reported by the mainstream news nowadays. Things have gotten to the point where they don’t believe anything that the MSM says, however, the unfortunate part is that now the lines between mainstream and independent media has also started blurring, with more and more independent media also falling in step with the official government line.

I have a distant relative who now says that she refuses to watch or read any news from any source since it is all propaganda, and this feeling of discontent is becoming widespread.

Mark Twain once said, “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.” But the wise Mark Twain could also not imagine the dystopian world we live in today, where the only alternative is not to read anything and not to trust anything, as much of news has been turned into mindless entertainment.

We know what is happening to Julian Assange, and that is no longer real news, at least for most viewers and the MSM. His ordeal, first at his Embassy holdup after jumping bail, and then being turned over to UK authorities is just the start of another horror story. Given his deteriorating health his stay at the prison is putting his life at risk, and even UN Human Rights experts have warned of his health complications.

All that is happening now was predicated by earlier writers. Hence it is time to revisit a bit of ominous literature, as it is not as if we were not warned about what to look forward to in the future.

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Orwell & Huxley were BOTH right, Roger Waters tells RT

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26-10-19 08:06:00,

With the mainstream media largely content to ignore the plight of Julian Assange, did George Orwell or Aldous Huxley better predict the world of today? Both did, former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters told RT.

“Orwell and Huxley were always arguing about who had the closest view of what dystopia might look like in the future,” said Waters, adding “I think we got a lot of both.” 

“We have the ‘Big Brother’ Orwellian dystopian nightmare, it happened two days ago in that magistrate’s court,” he explained, referring to a UK judge’s decision on Monday to deny the WikiLeaks founder a delay in US extradition proceedings. Assange’s lawyers have argued that they need more time to prepare a defense, and some of Assange’s supporters have made the case that British law forbids extradition in the first place, if the charges can be seen as political.

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Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters: The US and UK are trying to KILL Julian Assange! (E808)

The world described by George Orwell in ‘1984’ was one of mass surveillance and paranoia, where anyone could be snatched off the street by the state and made disappear for ‘wrongthink’. In ‘Brave New World’ Aldous Huxley, on the other hand, described a future where mass entertainment and the easy availability of pleasure-giving drugs made dissent virtually impossible.

“You only have to look out in the street and see the people, the walking dead going by… and taking absolutely no notice of the fact that this journalist is being murdered by our government,” Waters said, referring to the treatment of Assange in Belmarsh Prison, said by the UN to amount to torture.

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‘A 1950s show trial’: John Pilger describes ‘disgraceful’ courtroom treatment of Julian Assange by UK judge

Together with veteran journalist John Pilger, the Pink Floyd frontman hosted a rally for Assange in front of the British Home Office in September, that went unreported by every single British newspaper.

“And we walk by with our earbuds in… clicking away on our iPhones as we walk unthinking,

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Orwell lässt grüßen: China vor dem Nationalen Volkskongress

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05-03-19 11:15:00,

Mit einer App buhlt die kommunistische Führung um die Loyalität ihrer Untertanen, aber der Anspruch ist in Wahrheit wenig “smart”

In den letzten Jahren hat die Kommunistische Partei Chinas (KPCh) zunehmend Anstrengungen unternommen, junge Chinesen mit modernen Methoden zu gewinnen, etwa durch Rap-Songs, Comics oder WeChat-Sticker. Im Herbst 2018 startete ein lokaler Fernsehsender in der Provinz Hunan eine Spieleshow, deren Ziel hauptsächlich darin bestand, die Teilnehmer auf ihr Wissen über die Ideologie der Partei zu testen. Und auf der allseits beliebten Video-Site Bilibili begann gar die Ausstrahlung einer siebenteiligen Cartoon-Folge über den “sozialistischen Revolutionär” Karl Marx.

Die Stimme der Partei

Zunehmend setzt die Partei bei ihren Propagandafeldzügen auf das Internet. Das wurde in China immer stark zensiert, aber jüngst kam von höchster Stelle die Forderung, “the voice of the party can reach all kinds of user terminals directly”. Was die Propagandaspitzen dazu veranlasste, Spezialisten für neue Medien zu rekrutieren – die sollen einen zeitgemäßen Beitrag dazu leisten, die Parteilinie mittels Plattformen zu fördern. Die Erkenntnis dahinter ist einfach: Die Chinesen sind smartphone- und social-media-bewusste Bürger einer technikversessenen Nation.

Zur beliebtesten Smartphone-App in China ist so binnen Kurzem ein Programm namens Xue Xi Qiang Guo (学习强国) aufgestiegen. Die App war zeitweise das in China am häufigsten heruntergeladene Element aus dem App Store, und sie übertrifft die unter den jüngeren Chinesen begehrten Social-Media-Anwendungen WeChat oder TikTok. Und das will schon was heißen. Für viele Staatsbedienstete ist sie allerdings auch einfach verordnetes Pflichtprogramm – eine Methode, sie auf die neu definierten Ziele des Sozialismus einzuschwören.

“Xue Xi Qiang Guo” (auch: Xuexi Qiangguo, engl: “study powerful country”) heißt übersetzt so viel wie “Mächtiges Land studieren” oder: “Lerne über das starke Land”. Mit dem eingängigen Slogan soll zweifellos das Image von Xi Jinping aufgewertet werden.

“Xue Xi Qiang Guo” wurde im Januar von der Werbeabteilung der Partei veröffentlicht. Es verlangt, dass sich die Benutzer mit ihren Handynummern und Klarnamen anmelden. Den Glücklichen dient es sodann als Plattform für Nachrichten, Artikel, Videoclips und für nicht enden wollende Dokumentationen über die politische Philosophie von Staats- und Parteipräsident Xi Jinping. Der Kult um seine Person wird wieder unübersehbar sein, wenn in Peking in dieser Woche der Jahr für Jahr stattfindende Nationale Volkskongress (NPC) beginnt.

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EU: Going Full Orwell

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08-02-19 01:58:00,

Authored by Judith Bergman via The Gatestone Institute,

  • The problem is that this professedly noble initiative comes from an organization that has already for several years been censoring free speech in Europe.

  • The handbook guidelines state that journalists should “Take care not to further stigmatize terms such as ‘Muslim’ or ‘Islam’ by associating them with particular acts… Don’t allow extremists’ claims about acting ‘in the name of Islam’ to stand unchallenged. Highlight… the diversity of Muslim communities… where it is necessary and newsworthy to report hateful comments against Muslims, mediate the information.” In other words, the guidelines ask journalists to disinform the public.

  • This is the same European Commission that most recently expressed its disapproval of the withdrawal of Austria from the UN’s “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.” The Compact stipulates that media outlets that do not support the UN’s migration agenda will not be eligible for public funding. How is that for “fully respecting Europe’s fundamental principles of freedom of expression, a free press and pluralism“?

The EU has launched a comprehensive Action Plan against Disinformation. Its purpose, according to a recent press release from the European Commission, is apparently to “protect its democratic systems and public debates and in view of the 2019 European elections as well as a number of national and local elections that will be held in Member States by 2020″.

In June 2018, leaders of EU member states had met in the European Council and invited the European Commission “to present… an action plan by December 2018 with specific proposals for a coordinated EU response to the challenge of disinformation…” It is this action plan that the Commission presented to the public on December 5.

The Action Plan focuses on four areas:

  1. Improved detection of disinformation (the European Commission dedicated 5 million euros toward this project and seemingly expects Member states to contribute on a national level, as well).

  2. Coordinated Response — the EU institutions and Member States will set up a Rapid Alert System “to facilitate the sharing of data and assessments of disinformation campaigns”.

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Why Orwell Is Superior To Huxley

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17-11-18 08:56:00,

Authored by Colin Liddell via The Unz Review,

One of the frequent comparisons that comes up in the Dissident Right is who was more correct or prescient, Orwell or Huxley.

In fact, as the only truly oppressed intellectual group, the Dissident Right are the only ones in a position to offer a valid opinion on this, as no other group of intellectuals suffers deplatforming, doxxing, and dismissal from jobs as much as we do. In the present day, it is only the Dissident Right that exists in the ‘tyrannical space’ explored in those two dystopian classics.

But, despite this, this debate exists not only on the Dissident Right but further afield. Believe it or not, even Left-wingers and Liberals debate this question, as if they too are under the heel of the oppressor’s jackboot. In fact, they feel so oppressed that some of them are even driven to discuss it in the pages of the New York Times at the despotically high rate of pay which that no doubt involves.

In both the Left and the Dissident Right, the consensus is that Huxley is far superior to Orwell, although, according to the New York Times article just alluded to, Orwell has caught up a lot since the election of Donald Trump. Have a look at this laughable, “I’m literally shaking” prose from New York Times writer Charles McGrath:

And yet [Huxley’s] novel much more accurately evokes the country we live in now, especially in its depiction of a culture preoccupied with sex and mindless pop entertainment, than does Orwell’s more ominous book, which seems to be imagining someplace like North Korea. Or it did until Donald Trump was inaugurated.

All of a sudden, as many commentators have pointed out, there were almost daily echoes of Orwell in the news…The most obvious connection to Orwell was the new president’s repeated insistence that even his most pointless and transparent lies were in fact true, and then his adviser Kellyanne Conway’s explanation that these statements were not really falsehoods but, rather, “alternative facts.” As any reader of “1984” knows, this is exactly Big Brother’s standard of truth: The facts are whatever the leader says they are.

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George Orwell Warned us of the Most Dangerous Type of Censorship | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

George Orwell Warned us of the Most Dangerous Type of Censorship | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

14-08-18 07:03:00,

picture: https://www.allriot.com/product/george-orwell-1984-t-shirt/

Dylan Charles, Editor
Waking Times

“The enemy is the gramophone mind, whether or not one agrees with the record that is being played at the moment.” ~George Orwell

The big tech companies are now openly censoring popular viewpoints and deleting select social media pages who supposedly ‘violate community guidelines.’

There is, of course, never a detailed explanation of why companies like You Tube and Facebook delete user generated pages (our You Tube page was deleted in 2017 for no apparent reason and our Facebook page has been throttled down to almost no reach), and there is never a reasonable way to appeal for the reinstitution of these pages.

The end result of this type of censorship, however, quite likely will not bring about the feared Soviet style clampdown on ideas that challenge the establishment. It’s more reasonable to expect that these companies have fallen pray to monopolistic hubris and will soon see massive declines in viewership, collapsing stock prices and the revolt of angry shareholders. In other words, these companies are shooting themselves in the feet.

That said, the current social/political/media climate in America today is likely to bring about the rise of a far more insidious and dangerous type of censorship: self-censorship.

The Cambridge dictionary defines self-censorship as:

“control of what you say or do in order to avoid annoying or offending others, but without being told officially that such control is necessary:”

Wikipedia defines it as:

“Self-censorship is the act of censoring or classifying one’s own discourse. This is done out of fear of, or deference to, the sensibilities or preferences (actual or perceived) of others and without overt pressure from any specific party or institution of authority.” ~Wikipedia

In other words, self-censorship is voluntarily silencing one’s self out of fear of inoffical reprisal. That reprisal can come in many forms, soft and hard, but at it’s most fundamental level it involves the fear of what others will think of you or say to you if they don’t like what they hear.

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Orwell en de NMBS: ‘War is peace’. ‘Investeren is desinvesteren’

Orwell en de NMBS: ‘War is peace’. ‘Investeren is desinvesteren’

09-02-18 05:03:00,

Het met veel bravoure aangekondigde investeringsplan 2018-2022 van de regering-Michel zet de lijn verder: onderfinanciering combineren met het stellen van te hoge eisen voor wat de NMBS geacht wordt te doen. Zo bereidt de regering verder de weg voor naar privatisering in 2022. Een nuchtere kijk op de echte beleidsintenties.

De beleidskeuzes van de regering-Michel over de NMBS blijven verbazingwekkend voorspelbaar. Net als de regeringen van de voorbije twintig jaar ervoor krijgt de NMBS de opdracht steeds meer te presteren zonder daarvoor voldoende middelen en personeel te krijgen. Die beleidskeuze van deze regering gaat weliswaar door op de besparingsijver van voorgaande jaren, maar onderscheidt zich toch door zijn hardnekkige ijver om met het openbaar vervoer komaf te maken.

Het resultaat van de zo gecreëerde kloof tussen middelen en verwachtingen is gegarandeerd meer ontevreden reizigers, die door media en politici doorverwezen worden naar het NMBS-personeel als enige ‘verantwoordelijke’. Niet de regering maar het treinpersoneel is immers de schuldige.

Als dat personeel dan af en toe staakt uit een gevoel van onmacht tegen de verloedering van hun dienstverlening wordt dat dan weer vertaald in een zoveelste argument contra datzelfde personeel. Stakingen worden telkens voorgesteld als enorm in omvang en frequentie, terwijl ze in statistische vergelijking met de woelige jaren 1970 en 1980 in feite fel zijn afgenomen. In de perceptie lijkt het echter wel het omgekeerde.

Het is op deze website al tientallen malen herhaald. Zo voert de regering het citaat van de Amerikaanse filosoof Noam Chomsky uit: “Eerst ga je die diensten onderfinancieren voor wat ze worden verondersteld worden te doen. Vervolgens ga je de gebruikers opjutten in hun klachten over die dienst. Zo maak je de geesten rijp voor privatisering. Vervolgens passeren de bedrijven langs de kassa.”

Wegbereiding voor 2022

In theorie moet het volgens de EU-richtlijnen vanaf 2022 mogelijk worden voor privé-bedrijven om de uitbating van bepaalde lijnen over te nemen. Aan de hand van eerdere privatiseringen in andere landen kan zo al voorspeld worden wat dat gaat worden. Vette brokken zoals Brussel-Gent-Oostende, Brussel-Antwerpen, Brussel-Leuven gaan dan snel voor de bijl. Kleine oninteressante lijnen als Kortrijk-Poperinge, Oudenaarde-Ronse, Herentals-Hamont, Denderleeuw-Geraardsbergen, Gent-Eeklo zullen in openbaar beheer blijven. Beste reiziger, u was verwittigd.

Beleid mag je niet beoordelen aan de hand van wollig uitgesproken intenties maar aan de hand van zijn concrete consequenties.

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“Even Orwell And Huxley Couldn’t Imagine The Threat Posed By Facebook And Google”

“Even Orwell And Huxley Couldn’t Imagine The Threat Posed By Facebook And Google”

28-01-18 10:33:00,

Authored by Jake Johnson via TheAntiMedia.org,

In addition to warning that U.S. President Donald Trump represents an immense “danger” to civilization, billionaire George Soros used the spotlight of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday to urge the international community to take seriously the threats posed by Facebook and Google, which he said could ultimately spawn “a web of totalitarian control” if they are not reined in.

Particularly alarming, Soros said, is the prospect of Facebook and Google – which he scathingly deemed a “menace” to society – teaming up with “authoritarian states” to “bring together nascent systems of corporate surveillance with an already developed system of state-sponsored surveillance.”

Such “unholy marriages” could result in a strain of authoritarianism “the likes of which not even Aldous Huxley or George Orwell could have imagined,” the billionaire investor cautioned.

Soros went on to compare the tech giants’ impact on the internet – and social media in particular – to the effects of fossil fuel giants on the environment.

“Mining and oil companies exploit the physical environment; social media companies exploit the social environment,” Soros said, warning that the days of internet monopolies like Facebook and Google “are numbered.”

“They claim they are merely distributing information,” Soros added of the tech giants that are frequently denounced by critics of corporate power for abusing their market dominance.

“But the fact that they are near-monopoly distributors makes them public utilities and should subject them to more stringent regulations, aimed at preserving competition, innovation, and fair and open universal access.”

If tech companies are permitted to retain overwhelming control over information, “far-reaching adverse consequences on the functioning of democracy” could result, Soros concluded.

“The power to shape people’s attention is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few companies,” Soros said.

“It takes a real effort to assert and defend what John Stuart Mill called ‘the freedom of mind.’ There is a possibility that once lost, people who grow up in the digital age will have difficulty in regaining it.”

Below is a short clip of Soros’s speech.

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