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Ed Driscoll

Is Peak Orwell Sustainable?

February 10th, 2014 - 12:02 pm

It’s no coincidence that the left seems rather Orwellian at times; after all, Ingsoc in 1984 was Orwell’s 1949 warning regarding what English Socialism could metastasize into a generation down the line. Why not American socialism?

One of the left’s current (and frequently Orwellian) buzzwords is “sustainability.” Lately, based on recent headlines, the left seems to reaching peak Orwell. Is such a condition sustainable? There seem to be an enormous amount of euphemisms, doublethink and moral evasions in the headlines these days. Here’s a just a taste:

In order to play the losing hand the left have chosen to deal to themselves and the rest of the country via Obamacare, some Ministry of Truth-style euphemisms regarding work and employment have recently become necessary. As Michael Goodwin noted yesterday at the New York Post, “America now has a government that views work as a trap and celebrates those who escape it”:

That is the upshot of last week’s remarkable exchange over ObamaCare. It began when the head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported that the interplay of taxes and subsidies in the law “creates a disincentive for people to work.” The report predicted the mix would lead to fewer hours worked, costing the equivalent of nearly 2.5 million jobs.

In response, President Obama’s spokesman pleaded guilty — with pride and pleasure.

“Opportunity created by affordable, quality health insurance allows families in America to make a decision about how they will work, or if they will work,” Jay Carney said. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi applauded the law for freeing people from “job-lock.”

They never mentioned the implications of this distinctly Obama-ish New Deal. The subsidies that enable some Americans to decide “if they will work” mean higher taxes from those who must or want to work.

Republicans immediately jumped on the finding as proof that the law is a jobs killer and cited earlier discoveries about its destructive impact. These include Obama’s lie that “you can keep your plan” and the fact that many new insurance plans come with higher premiums and ­deductibles and fewer doctors.

Pay more, get less will be the experience for tens of millions by the time the law is fully implemented. And don’t forget its ­assault on religious freedom.

Economist Craig Newmark, the husband of popular blogger Betsy Newmark, boils the implications of the left’s recent tack down to a couple of sentences:

I love that Liberals have now decided that what individuals voluntarily choose–regardless of the consequences for the rest of us–is fine. Question for them: shouldn’t we therefore allow individuals to choose whether or not to have health insurance and if so, what kind?

Indeed.

Of course, to buy insurance of any kind, you’ll need at some point to verify your identity. Indeed, to do just about anything these days, you need to verify your identity — except vote, where in blue regions of the country, dead or alive, you’re more than welcome to vote early and often.

In fact, you even need to prove your identity via a photo ID card to march in anti-voting ID protests:

As Moe Lane notes in response, “I thought that it was impossible for North Carolinian minorities to get valid photo IDs! …Well, no, I didn’t: not being a racist, I don’t have as low an opinion of the intelligence and competence of North Carolinian minorities as does, apparently, the NC NAACP.”

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When will there be a big push to unionize the unemployed?
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Of course the logical outcome of steadily decreasing workers is a complete economic collapse. Politicians tend to not survive well total economic collapse that they initiate. Just thought someone should remind them of that.
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It's sustainable for as long as they can keep their boot on our faces.
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This isn't the peak by any means. This is just you starting to notice the ocean lapping at your ankles. It will get much worse, just hope it will get better in the future.
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It strikes me that the transformation of Louis Napoleon from President of France to Emperor in 1850-1852 could serve as a model for Mr. Soetoro to transform himself into a monarch, or at least a Prince-President. Unfortunately, it included a lot of suppression of riots with lethal gunfire and fixed referenda. And the balance of power then was 75% in the countryside, which supported Napoleon III, and only 25% or less in the industrializing cities.Today we have a mirror-image situation. Feels safer to me.
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I have been mulling a post like this, but you've done it much better than I could. Thank you.
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At the end of the day, when the new aristocracy has finally beaten back the forces of liberty and returned civilization to its natural state, despotism, we may look back and say that relativism was the key weapon in their toolkit.

Because the country has accepted that there is no truth. It's whatever the loudest voice says it is. Benghazi, what does it matter? 27 obamacare rule changes, why not? An out of control IRS, not a smidgen of truth to it.

They captured the voice 30 years ago. Now they have captured liberty.

And most are thrilled to give it up... for about 3 pieces of silver.
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The marchers, I.D. in hand, don't want people from the public to join their march to avoid what happens at many conservative rallies: People who oppose the rally will jump in, jump in front of a news camera with some absurd, racist or illiterate sign and say atrocious nonsense knowing if they are crazy enough, they'll both get on the news and they will discredit the rally.

"Jones" needs help. Your problem isn't in the world around you, it's inside you. But everyone will be afraid to tell you that you are your problem. Until you deal with the real issue, you'll still have problems regardless of concessions granted you and lawsuits that favor you.
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No, after 50-75 years...the indoctrination no longer works and it implodes.

Your grandchildren will revolt, cursing them...and us.
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Isn't it about time that Reid and Pelosi be freed from job lock?
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Thanks for using my video. If you want a direct link to the Orwell picture on the cover it's here: http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz24/NoMoBama/wG31y_zpse2448883.jpg

Janice from Amherst
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Keep in mind that there is 'Orwell Output' and 'Orwell Consumption'. Orwell output being the words spouted by the Ministry of Truth and their foot soldiers in the media. I don't think we've come anywhere near hitting the peak of Orwell Output yet.

As far as Orwell Consumption goes, I think we hit peak a long time ago and are well down the backside of the curve. O'Reilly may not have said "You know that this is false. You are insulting me by lying to my face." but everyone watching was certainly thinking it.
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Sometimes you can say clearly what you wish to communicate without uttering words. It would be nice to hear those words—someone really needs to have a frank and no holds barred chat with the President—but I don't really want O'Reilly to be one of those who can spend time with family, pursue hobbies and enjoy life because he is freed from the constraints of work.
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There seem to be an enormous amount of euphemisms, doublethink and moral evasions in the headlines these days.
Has it really gotten worse, or is it just something to talk about, perhaps too close to home for comfort? The Euphemism Issue (which reminds me of those who fret about The Jewish Problem) also applies to all on this site who say 'social conservative' instead of what they mean.

Time to consider that the great Orwell was so far ahead of his time that he actually succeeded in saving us from the totalitarian hell he feared. Surely, there's no greater praise for any author. The world we face is now more Huxley's Brave New World, written about eighty years ago and a good fifteen years before publication of 1984.

Pundits everywhere will be slow to catch on. Krauthammer, for example, will get there about 2024 if he's still with us; on reflection, he's more likely to waffle about 1984. It's safer.
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