Totalitarianism is form of government that includes control of everything under one authority and allows no opposition, according to the dictionary.
Does this sound identical to the way Gordon Brown’s poisonous Labour Government has been heading steadily since 1997 ?
State sponsored surveillance increasingly intruding into every aspect of our private lives at an exponential rate; officialdom’s ever tightening control of the very language we speak with punishments for infringements; a daily barrage of diktats spewing out from Government telling us how to fill rubbish bins or close their lids under pain of fines for failing to comply exactly, and tens of thousands of other rules and regulations and instructions on how to conduct our daily lives according to the politically correct whims of controlling, power crazed, ignorant, and dangerous Government bureaucrats.
A much better description of Totalitarianism comes from writer Robert Harris in an article about the sixtieth anniversary of Wednesday, June 8th 1949 of the publication of George Orwell’s novel ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ in the Sunday Times last week.
The original ideology behind the Totalitarian impulse “may be Communist or Fascist, or Nationalist or Corporate or Institutional, but the methods by which it proceeds are in each case the same: the stamping out of the capacity for individual thought and freedom, not merely by physical force but by a complete denial of privacy and by the control of all information, even to the extent of policing the language in which thoughts are expressed”, Robert Harris says.
Sounds like Gordon Brown’s poisonously corrupt Government to me ?
And Robert Harris quotes George Orwell writing about popular American political theorist James Burnham in 1946 who said Burham maintains in his book ‘The Machiavellians’ that politics consists of the struggle for power, and nothing else. All historical changes boil down to the replacement of one ruling class by another. All talk about democracy, liberty, equality fraternity, all revolutionary movements, all visions of Utopia ……. are humbug covering the ambitions of some new class which is elbowing its way to power.
Burnham says power always rests upon force and fraud. Power can sometimes be won or maintained without violence, but never without fraud, because it is necessary to make use of the masses, and the masses would not co-operate if they knew that they were simply serving the purposes of a minority.
In each great revolutionary struggle the masses are led on by vague dreams of human brotherhood, and then, when the new ruling class is well established in power, they are thrust back into servitude. This is practically the whole of political history, as Burnham sees it.
Machiavelli and his followers taught that in politics decency simply does not exist, says George Orwell, and it has always been obvious that a planned and centralised society is liable to develop into an oligarchy or a dictatorship.
So that explains the awfulness of our Labour government then – in a nutshell !
George Orwell also says “the notion that industrialism must end in monopoly, and that monopoly must imply tyranny, is not a startling one.”
And so that explains the excruciatingly dreadful way big businesses like the supermarkets manipulate markets and extort from consumers as they flood the high streets with shoddy goods and low quality food at inflated prices ?
Man, therefore “is an animal that can act morally when he acts as an individual, but becomes immoral when he acts collectively. But even this generalisation only holds good for the higher groups” George Orwell says Burnham thinks.
“The masses, it seems, have vague aspirations towards liberty and human brotherhood, which are easily played upon by power-hungry individuals or minorities. So that history consists of a series of swindles, in which the masses are first lured into revolt by the promise of Utopia, and then, when they have done their job, enslaved over again by new masters.
“Political activity, therefore, is a special kind of behaviour, characterised by its complete unscrupulousness, and occurring only among small groups of the population, especially among dissatisfied groups whose talents do not get free play under the existing form of society.”
This sounds like a good description of a bunch of misfits !
That’ll be our MP’s then – swindlers; and it completely explains their self seeking hypocritical behaviour in making ludicrously dishonest expenses claims for things like floating duck islands and non existent mortgages and so on; yes, that’s it, Swindlers.
The great mass of the people will always be unpolitical, George Orwell reports James Burnham thinking. “In effect, therefore, humanity is divided into two classes: the self-seeking, hypocritical minority, and the brainless mob whose destiny is always to be led or driven, as one gets a pig back to the sty by kicking it on the bottom or by rattling a stick inside a swill-bucket, according to the needs of the moment.
“What is now arising is a new kind of planned, centralised society which will be neither capitalist nor, in any accepted sense of the word, democratic. The rulers of this new society will be the people who effectively control the means of production: that is, business executives, technicians, bureaucrats and soldiers, lumped together by Burnham, under the name of ‘managers’.
George Orwell continues, “These people will eliminate the old capitalist class, crush the working class, and so organise society that all power and economic privilege remain in their own hands. Private property rights will be abolished, but common ownership will not be established.
“The new ‘managerial’ societies will not consist of a patchwork of small, independent states, but of great super-states grouped round the main industrial centres in Europe, Asia, and America. These super-states will fight among themselves for possession of the remaining uncaptured portions of the earth, but will probably be unable to conquer one another completely. Internally, each society will be hierarchical, with an aristocracy of talent at the top and a mass of semi-slaves at the bottom.”
And that’s a neat description of just how and why the European Union is grasping more and more power from Britain with spectacular examples of how we are being deprived of our individual freedoms by this Machiavellian European Superstate in the making, whose sole purpose is purely the ruthless pursuit of power for its own sake.
And then there is America, China and Russia to add to the European Union, making a total of four Superstates in the making as George Orwell predicted.
Could War between these Superstates be just a heartbeat away ?
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