Orwell Was Right

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Posted: Jun 24, 2020 10:58 AM
Orwell Was Right

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These are tough times for Americans who value “liberty for all." Businesses and peaceful assemblies have been shut down by government order – unless of course you are a rioting leftist. Government is enforcing unconstitutional and unnecessary restrictions on peaceful citizens while standing back and letting hoodlums riot and loot. Leftists are liars. Orwell was right. In his book 1984 he wrote: “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”

The liberal press, the intelligentsia and the political elite howled with joy in 1992 when the Federal government killed members of Randy Weaver’s family holed up in rural Idaho. Now leftists are celebrating as hoodlums occupy a section of downtown Seattle in a movement that openly challenges civil authority. The authorities are supporting them -- while imprisoning barbers who dare cut hair. As Orwell wrote in 1984: “The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power.”

America is taking a huge step back from the freedoms and liberties that made it the greatest nation in the history of the Earth. The U.S. stock market has soared in total value to the point that it now exceeds 50% of the total value of all the world’s equity markets. It is a validation of the human progress that occurs when a society’s institutions adhere to the principles brilliantly enumerated by America’s founding fathers.

If liberals get their way – and they seem to be doing exactly that – we shall, in Lincoln’s words, “meanly lose, the last best hope of earth." We are dismantling an economic system that in the last 150 years has invented (or made commercially viable) almost every major economic advancement now enjoyed by the world. It is self-interest and economic freedom that motivate people to make wise decisions regarding safety, efficiency, and productivity. Young leftists survive on past economic progress generated by economic freedom but oppose economic freedom and future progress. As Orwell wrote, “Freedom is slavery.”

But what happens when economic decisions are being made “in the public interest” and via a centrally-managed economy? During the early months of the COVID-19 crisis the waste has been massive. How much will Federal taxpayers end up paying for emergency medical preparations in New York City that were never used? As Orwell predicted: “...failure to show results is not important. Efficiency, even military efficiency, is no longer needed. Nothing is efficient in Oceania except the Thought Police.

The unprecedented shutdown of commerce and peaceful assembly was based on the claim that critically ill COVID-19 victims would overwhelm our healthcare system. That danger – if it ever really existed – clearly has passed. It is telling that government leaders continued the shutdown after the pretense for the controls was thoroughly debunked. As Orwell wrote: “Two and two make five”.

The left is not just figuratively rewriting history – they are changing historical monuments: As Orwell wrote in 1984,Who controls the past...controls the future.

What explains the silence about the slaughter of young black men who are being killed by people other than white police officers? National statistics[1] show that black murder victims are overwhelmingly (e.g., 90% of the time) killed by blacks. Where is the outage? Honest debate is no longer permitted – it is shut down by the leftist mob shouting, “You are a racist!”

And lest we claim that black victims of homicide are being ignored due to racist public officials, let’s consider the following. Chicago has a black mayor. Chicago’s City Council has zero Republicans and only 19 whites among its 50 Aldermen. Its last two police superintendents have been black. So let’s see how that’s working. A June 12, 2020 report by the Chicago Tribune[2] reported 239 homicides year-to-date, which is higher than the rates reported in the previous two years. The ratio of black-victims-to-white victims in the previous 365 days in Chicago was over 6-to-1 even though there are more whites than blacks in Chicago. According to The Washington Post, [3] only three of those killings have been by Chicago police. And the solution proposed by leftists is to get rid of the local police. That will be convenient for them when they take full Federal control.

As Orwell wrote: “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — for ever.”

[1]see-https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2013/crime-in-the-u.s.- -2013/offenses-known-to-law-enforcement/expanded-homicide/expanded_homicide_data_table_6_murder_race_and_sex_of_vicitm_by_race_and_sex_of_offender_2013.xls  accessed June 20, 2020

[2] see https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-chicago-homicides-data-tracker-htmlstory.html   accessed June 20, 2020

[3] see https://github.com/washingtonpost/data-police-shootings accessed June 20, 2020