Tag Archives: George Orwell

The Mass Media Is Poisoning Us With Hate, by Chris Hedges

The media model … mutes and destroys investigations into corporate systems of oppression and genuine dissent.

Facebook details plans to censor news feeds and manipulate public opinion

Facebook’s censorship regime is part of a drive by all the major technology firms, including Twitter and Google, to limit the freedom of expression.

Chris Hedges | Thought Police for the 21st Century

This censorship is global.

As Trial Begins, Trump Protest Attendees Face 60 Years in Prison by Chris Steele

Guilty by Association in the Age of Trump. Comparing Charlottesville to J20: A Case Study in Hypocrisy.
Repression, Harsh Sentencing and Sexual Assault.

The Orwellian-Octopus of the Entrenched-Interests Media

How many times does independent media have to get it right, before you acknowledge that it’s looking out for you?

Henry A. Giroux | Combating Trump’s Neo-Fascism and the Ghost of “1984”

Wrongheaded Calls to “Give Trump a Chance”

Chris Hedges: States of Terror

Hedges: All the major candidates for president, including Bernie Sanders, along with a media that is a shameless echo chamber for the elites, embrace endless war. Lost are the art of diplomacy, the ability to read the cultural, political, linguistic and religious landscape of those we dominate by force,

Henry Giroux | Culture of Cruelty: the Age of Neoliberal Authoritarianism

Giroux: Power in its most oppressive forms is deployed not only by various repressive government policies and intelligence agencies but also through a predatory and market-driven culture that turns violence into entertainment, foreign aggression into video games, and domestic violence into a goose-stepping celebration of masculinity and the mad values of unbridled militarism. At the same time the increasing circulation of public narratives and public displays of cruelty and moral indifference continue to maim and suffocate the exercise of reason and social responsibility.

Henry A. Giroux: The War on Terrorism Targets Democracy Itself

Giroux: Notions of democracy increasingly appear to be giving way to the discourse of revenge, domestic security, stupidity and war. The political reality that has emerged since the shattering crisis of 9/11 increasingly points to a set of narrow choices that are being largely set by the jingoistic right-wing extremists, the US Defense Department and conservative-funded foundations, and fueled by the dominant media. War and violence now function as an aphrodisiac for a public inundated with commodities and awash in celebrity culture idiocy.

Henry A. Giroux: State Terrorism and Racist Violence in the Age of Disposability — From Emmett Till to Eric Garner

If you want a picture of the future imagine a boot stomping on a human face forever.     —George Orwell By Henry A. Giroux  Truthout | Op-Ed  December 5, 2014 Comments by Giroux posted on his Facebook page: My newest Truthout piece on the connection between the new totalitarianism and the killing of black men and […]

Ellsberg, Rowley, et al: National security experts appeal for return to Constitutional government

Ellsberg, Rowley, Drake, McGovern, Greenwald speak at “Beyond Orwell: Surveillance, Secrets & Whistleblowing in the Security State.” By Linda Lewis • April 27, 2014 • WhistleblowingToday.org Four national security whistleblowers and a former CIA analyst appeared onstage Tuesday at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall for a roundtable discussion, “Beyond Orwell: Surveillance, Secrets & Whistleblowing in the Security State.” Keynote speaker Daniel Ellsberg, […]

Chris Hedges: Our Sinister Dual State

We live in what the German political scientist Ernst Fraenkel called “the dual state.” Totalitarian states are always dual states. In the dual state civil liberties are abolished in the name of national security By Chris Hedges  truthdig.com  Posted on Feb 16, 2014 President Barack Obama announces James Clapper, left, as director of national intelligence during a ceremony in the […]

Henry A. Giroux | Totalitarian Paranoia in the Post-Orwellian Surveillance State

Surveillance, in any land where it is ubiquitous and inescapable, generates distrust and divisions among its citizens, curbs their readiness to speak freely to each other, and diminishes their willingness to even dare to think freely.                                      -Ariel Dorfman By Henry A Giroux, Truthout.org | Op-Ed  Monday, 10 February 2014 09:15 (Image: Jared Rodriguez […]

Chris Hedges: The Last Gasp of American Democracy

The political philosopher Sheldon Wolin, in his essential book “Democracy Incorporated,” calls our system of corporate governance “inverted totalitarianism,” which represents “the political coming of age of corporate power and the political demobilization of the citizenry.” By Chris Hedges  Posted on Jan 5, 2014  truthdig.com This is our last gasp as a democracy. The state’s wholesale intrusion into our lives […]

Patrick Smith: Our Orwellian reality. Drone wars, surveillance, a lapdog media — and you

Our government lies to itself — and to us.  Like Edward Snowden, it is time for us all to stand up for our values. PATRICK L. SMITH  January 2, 2013   Salon.com George Orwell, Edward Snowden (Credit: AP) This column is not another look back, another of those tedious end-of-year rituals the very best hacks, the hacks truly […]

John Kerry and the Orwellian Language of War

Originally posted on Come Home America:
by Nathan Goodman When is a war not a war? According to John Kerry, launching cruise missiles at Syria is not a war. Testifying before the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry said, “President Obama is not asking America to go to war.” Kerry’s argument seems to hinge on…

‘Beyond Orwellian’: Outrage Follows Revelations of Vast Domestic Spying Program & Petition

FISA court order ‘broadest surveillance order ever issued’ against private citizens – Jon Queally, staff writer Published on Thursday, June 6, 2013 by Common Dreams  Update: (3:59 PM) As government officials and Verizon itself responded to the Guardian’s NSA domestic spying story throughout the day, concern over the program’s scope and implications only deepened among its army of critics. Responding to the […]

Tom Dispatch> Naming Our Nameless War> How Many Years Will It Be?

 For well over a decade now the United States has been “a nation at war.” Does that war have a name? TD’s version of must-see TV: last week, Andrew Bacevich argued Stephen Colbert (or at least the character he plays) to a draw in a telling and funny episode of “the Colbert Report” which takes up the issue […]

Norman Solomon> The Orwellian Warfare State of Carnage and Doublethink

After the bombings that killed and maimed so horribly at the Boston Marathon, our country’s politics and mass media are awash in heartfelt compassion — and reflexive “doublethink,” which George Orwell described as willingness “to forget any fact that has become inconvenient.” by Norman Solomon  Published on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Common Dreams People react as an explosion […]

Tom Engelhardt> The National Security Complex and You> That Makes No Sense! Your Security’s a Joke (and You’re the Butt of It)

Tomgram: Engelhardt, The National Security Complex and You That Makes No Sense! Your Security’s a Joke (and You’re the Butt of It)  By Tom Engelhardt Posted by Tom Engelhardt at 9:00am, July 19, 2012. Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. When my daughter was little and I read to her regularly, one illustrated book was a favorite of ours.  In a series of scenes, […]