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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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my best friend's sister-in-law makes $74 hourly on the internet . She has been out of a job for seven months but last month her check was $13475 just working on the internet for a few hours. look at this website................. http://www.works12.com
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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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‘The day we fight back’: 6,000 websites protest surveillance, honor Aaron Swartz February 11, 2014

More than 6,000 websites, including Reddit, Tumblr, Mozilla, are taking part in an online protest against government surveillance. The action marks two years since website blackouts against SOPA and PIPA and commemorates Aaron Swartz’s death.

The February 11 online protest, going by the title ‘The Day We Fight Back’, is supposed to see around 6, 200 websites each host a large banner at the top reading “Dear internet, we’re sick of complaining about the NSA. We want new laws that curtail online surveillance.”

http://rt.com/news/activists-internet-protests-fight-440/
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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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