Government by Alternative Facts Remember 1984 Geroge Orwell

War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength
Terms are Twiste in this way in George Orwell`s novel “ 1984″ by the government. The Ministry of Truth determines, what people shall believe.
Winston, the main character of the novel, lives in a country where individual thought is banned, where only the leader, Big Brother, is allowed to reason and to decide. Prodded by his natural need for reflection and critical analysis, Winston finds it hard not to make use of his inborn talents. He starts questioning the wisdom of Big Brother and moves hopefully toward his own liberation. But in his struggle for emancipation he stands alone. The large mass of common people do not find in themselves the need to think independently, to question or to investigate what they have been taught. His fellow intellectuals have sold their inalienable right to think freely for security and a semblance of physical well-being. Winston is the last man in Europe, the only human being who wants to use his independent mind. He can not believe that he is alone, that he is the last man in London to resist Big Brother’s conquest of the minds. He trusts the wrong men and is doomed to fail. When he finally is “converted“ to believe in and to love Big Brother, another slave is born, another cog is placed in the machinery of the State, the last man in Europe is dead.
“1984“ is a political statement. It contains no prophetic declaration, only a simple warning to mankind. Orwell did not believe that decades years after the publication of his book, the world would be ruled by Big Brother, but he often proclaimed that 1984 could happen if man did not become aware of the assaults on his personal freedom and did not defend his most precious right, the right to have his own thoughts.
The survival of each of the three Orwellian States was based on the following interior and exterior strategies: the State had to subdue its citizens into a mindless mass which executed the will of Big Brother; the State had to fuel the hatred of the population against its enemy through a constant state of limited war; at all times the State should have the capacity to destroy the other States so that each one’s military strength would be a deterrent to all-out war; and, finally, the States should periodically change their alliances to prevent the union of two States against the third.
This novel is on top of bestseller lists in USA and other countries since the inauguration of Donald Trump. Coincidence? Surely not! When government representatives speak of „alternative facts“ our thoughts go to Georges Orwell.
It is the vigilance of the citizens that has prevented Big Brother from starting his reign in the free world. This vigilance, Orwell would say today, may not relent if freedom is to be saved.
I see a big danger, that the twisting of terms and facts increases. Look at the social media.
“ globalist open border fascism“ or “ Merkel dictatorship over the people“ was thrown into my face at Twitter. No single phenomena. Don`t think certain tendencies are no danger. Don`t think, we have luckily still a free press and it will be enough, if real facts are published there. Standing up against lies and twisted terms is a challenge for all of us. Let`s call alternative facts, what they are: LIES. Don`t leave social media to the Trumpists and those who parrot their slogans. Let`s raise our voices for democracy, freedom, Human Rights and truth.

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