Yesterday started for me when I went off to vote, I left at around 8 o’clock, thinking I would have to stand in a queue to get in, but once inside I was surprised to see an empty hall before me, strange not only was I handed two slips of paper but a pencil, coronavirus could possibly be spread by using the one pencil, I would not have thought of that. The day was very iffy weather-wise, certainly not spring or early summer, bitter cold north wind and showers. Once home I stayed indoors reading.
THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF OLIGARCHICAL COLLECTIVISM
Ignorance is Strength
by Dr. Emmanuel Goldstein
I have been reading a very interesting article by Dr Emmanuel Goldstein, in it, he tells us how there have been three tiers of people in the world from – well, from man’s understanding. As soon as I read it took me right back to a Monty Python sketch I had seen years ago on the old black and white television.
Upper Class, Middle Class, and Lower Class. They have come in many disguises over the millennium, but basically the essential structure of society has never changed.
The objective, for those at the top Upper Class, is that they wish to remain in their position of “We Rule”.
The aim of the Middle Class is to change places with the Upper Class. “We Fool You”.
The aims of the Lower Class, is less straight forward, if they have an aim at all, it is to create a society in which all men shall be equal. However, for the most part, they are so crushed by drudgery to be more than semi-conscious of anything outside their daily lives.
This the good doctor tells us is a recurring pattern that has gone on since time immemorial. The Upper Class securely in power for a period of time. Then for whatever reason, they are overthrown by the Middle Class, who enlist the Lower Class on their side by pretending to them that they are fighting for liberty and justice. Of course, as soon as the dust has settled, and the Middle Classes have now become the Upper Classes, the Lower Classes once more find themselves back in servitude, back in their box.
A new Middle Class will emerge and the whole scenario will play out once more. Sound familiar.
Of all the groups – the Lower Class is the only group that will never achieve its objective, Liberty and Justice or any kind of Equality.
It would be wrong to say that the Lower Class has not made progress, the average human being is physically and materially better off than our forefathers of a century ago, but are no better off wealth wise. No reform or revolution has ever brought human equality an inch nearer. Inequality, it would seem, is the unalterable law of human life. “We Rule”.
This is the preaching of the Upper Class, the kings, the aristocracy, priests and lawyers, all the parasites of society. They will give promises of compensation in an imaginary world, even extending beyond the grave.
The Middle Class, so long as they are struggling for power – have always made use of such terms as freedom, justice and fraternity. Revolution under the banner of equality, and then as soon as they establish their goal, establish a fresh tyranny.
Socialism, a theory that appeared in the early nineteenth century and was the last link in the chain of thought stretching back to the slave rebellions of antiquity. However, in each variant of Socialism that appeared from about 1900 onwards, the aim of establishing liberty and equality was more and more openly abandoned.
By the middle of 1900, a new movement appeared. Ingsoc in Oceania, Neo-Bolshevism in Eurasia, Death-worship, as it is commonly called, in Eastasia, has the conscious aim of perpetuating unfreedom and inequality.
This time it would be different, the Middle Class would turn out the Upper Class, and become the Upper Class themselves but this time by conscious strategy, the new Upper Class would be able to maintain their position permanently.
Technology has changed everything, yes, it would be necessary for human beings to do different kinds of work, but no longer necessary for them to live at different social or economic levels.
The new aristocracy was made up of bureaucrats, scientists, technicians, trade-union organizers, publicity experts, sociobiologists, teachers, journalists and professional politicians. These people had been brought together by a world of monopoly industry and centralized government. They on the whole were more interested in what they were doing than crushing opposition.
All the tyrannies of the past were half-hearted and inefficient, by today’s standards. Part of the reason for this was that in the past no government had the power to keep its citizens under constant surveillance. It would be the power of the press, film, and radio that made it possible for governments to manipulate public opinion. The development of television made it possible to transmit simultaneously on the same instrument, our private lives had come to an end. Now every citizen (or at least those important enough to be worth watching) could now be kept 24/7 under the eyes of the police and the sound of official propaganda, with all other channels of communication closed. The possibility of enforcing not only complete obedience to the will of the State, but complete uniformity of opinion on all subjects now existed for the first time.
This is only a brief outline of the work, but to me is fascinating, for I have always said we are being manipulated day in and day out. I am already well aware of the power of advertising (I mute all advents on television as soon as they appear) and my computer, seems to know more about me than I myself know.
‘Big Brother’ is certainly ‘Watching Us’.
I like the way he brings in modern-day equivalents to bolster his theory. Saying how new political theory, that came in around the 1920s, led back to hierarchy and regimentation and a general hardening of outlook. Practices long abandoned, in some cases for hundred’s of years – imprisonment without trial, (Julian Assange) the use of war prisoners as slaves, Germany during the Second World War) public executions, (Dron strikes by the UK and America)
torture to extract confessions, (renditions by America of people to countries where such things are tolerated and nothing said) the use of hostages, and the deportation of whole populations ((Myanmar)
have not only become common again, but where tolerated and even defended by people who considered themselves enlightened and progressive.