Monday, November 29, 2004
How to destroy democracy
As a response, we of the Party engaged in a multi-fold plan to corrupt this "democracy" and place the Party elite in charge as is their rightful due. This plan has multiple parts:
- Destroy the American educational system. Our first task was convincing liberals that the traditional rigorous curriculum, which fostered logical thinking and rationality, was "oppressive". Then we convinced the fundamentalist sky spirit cults like the Baptists and Pentecostals that public education was offensive to their cults because it fostered that evil "science" stuff. As a result, the sky spirit cults have taken over the school systems in many states and used that to water down the curriculum to the point where it no longer includes that rigorous "logic" and "rationality" stuff that is so toxic to Party propaganda, and instead turned into High Priests of Education passing down Received Truths into the ears of unwilling receptacles ("students").
- Destroy faith in government as a solution to people's real problems. This is working. The majority of Americans no longer believe that government is capable of providing services to them in a reasonable fashion. They believe this despite driving on government-financed highways to their jobs, relying on government-provided fire and police protection, etc... our Party commissars on hate radio and the editorial pages have indeed been working overtime with their propaganda that convinces people that government is incapable of solving people's real problems. And since our destruction of the school system no longer equips the sheeple with "logic" and "rationality", the sheeple are no longer capable of reasoning well enough to see through our Party commissar's hate and lies.
- Convince Americans that government is an alien imposition upon them, rather than being of the people, by the people, for the people. Once we convinced people that government could not solve real problems, this one was easy. For after all, if government does nothing for you, then all it is doing is taking taxes from your pocket in order to do... well, nothing. And surely nobody would agree to tax themselves in order to do... well, nothing, right? Thus we convinced people that government was an alien imposition upon them, rather than government being people drawing together to tax themselves in order to provide services not provided by the free market.
The result was gratifying for those of us in the Party. Since we were the only ones who believed that government was by the people, we were the only ones who bothered financing elections and running for office. And since the people as a whole believed that government was powerless to affect their everyday lives, they no longer held us of the Party responsible for the miseries of their everyday lives. Jobs gone overseas because that helps the bottom lines of we of the Party elite? Nothing to do with government! Health care expensive or unavailable because we of the Party elite wish to enhance our profits? Nothing to do with government. Yet at the same time, we of the Party are making sure that government is actually making health care expensive or unavailable, and is actually subsidizing exporting jobs overseas, since we know better -- we know that we can use government to enhance our lives. But the sheeple, in thrall to our Party commissars on hate radio and Fox TV and the editorial pages and etc., do not see this, because they lack the fundamental tools of logic and reasoning necessary to see this.
And so it is that we of the Party have gained our rightful dominion over the sheeple of the American provinces of Oceania. If the sheep looked up, they would see what we are doing to them. But the sheep never look up. Never. Their ignorance and blind faith in the Party's commissars is indeed a blessing for we of the Party!
Karl Rove O'Brien, Bush's Brain
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Why the Party allowed the "execution video" to go public
So if nothing unusual happened here, why have the Party's pet poodles in the media made such an uproar? Well, it is simple: as with refusing to allow unarmed Iraqi men fleeing with their families out of Fallujah, it is our goal to remind the Iraqis of Srebrenica.
It does not matter whether the war is actually happening, for we can cause it to happen whenever we so desire, such as in Fallujah, and, since no decisive victory is possible, it does not matter whether the war is going well or badly. All that is needed is that a state of war should exist. In that way, we of the Party give our subjects the bright and shiny lies that they want, the ones that hide the ugly truths from them, the lies that give them an enemy to hate, the lies that make them feel part of the Chosen People, God's people, Americans, the lies of patriotism and pride that give meaning to their pathetic lives of quiet desperation and misery. War is, indeed, the health of the Party.
But to insure war continues, we must insure that the Iraqi men actually fight. By reminding them of Srebrenica, we give them, in their minds, a choice: They may either fight, or they may be executed like helpless sheep. None of this is, of course, the fault of the men on the ground such as such as Lt. Cmdr. Joe Carpenter and Col. Mike Shupp. They would be apalled if you suggested the genocide of Iraqi men to them. They are concerned only about getting home alive. But their ignorance of what we of the Party have led Iraqi men to believe is irrelevant. We of the Party needed a military victory, and to have a military victory, we needed a battle. What better way to have a battle than to give the men of the city the choice of dying either with honor, or unarmed with a bullet in the head? And if the officers to whom we gave the orders are ignorant of the historical background here -- that sending men back into a besieged city is, in the Muslim world, typically the prelude to Srebrenica-style mass murder, and thus unwitting that this is the choice we are giving the men of the city -- it is even better! Why, then both sides are unknowingly serving as tools of the Party in our quest to tighten our rule of the American provinces of Oceania. Human ignorance is, indeed, the most important weapon in the arsenal of the Party!
By reminding the Iraqis of Srebrenica, we insure that the men of Iraq shall not welcome our soldiers with flowers and American flags. We insure that the war shall continue unto perpetuity, or until the Party desires otherwise. And so we insure the health of the Party.
Karl Rove O'Brien, Bush's Brain
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
The evolution of the evangelical sky spirit cults
It is interesting to follow the evolution of these evangelical sky spirit cults. Unlike the organized sky spirit cults (such as the Roman Catholics, Episcopalians, etc.), the evangelical sky spirit cults have no central body which detirmines what the church believes in. Rather, each congregation is independent, and hires or fires its clergy depending upon how much they like the clergy's lies. Thus their beliefs evolve rapidly, unlike the turgidly-moving beliefs of the organized churches, and in ways that would quite surprise the Jew named Jesus whose words they regard as holy literature.
I saw this in action one time at a small country church near where my mother grew up. The deacons of the church had gotten it into their head that they needed a real Christly pastor, not some city slicker who was just there to take their money. So they went and found a pastor who was running a charity and living in poverty rather than in a crystal cathedral, and hired him to preach in their church on Sundays.
The first Sunday, he started on the normal liturgy. And then he kept going. And going. At 12 noon, the congregation started getting restless. Did not this man understand? More important things were happening in the world -- the Dallas Cowboys were playing the Oakland Raiders! At 12:15, as this pastor implored his flock to live a Christly life, and informed his flock that it was not just enough to SAY they accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, they had to MEAN it, which meant they had to LIVE it... people started getting up and walking out, why, this preacher had already made them miss most of the first quarter! By 12:20, half the congregation had walked out. By 12:30, the only people left were the feeble old church ladies, who had been raised right and would never be so impolite as to stand up and walk out while the preacher was speaking (and besides, they did not care about football, unlike the young'uns). They were busily fanning themselves in exasperation, however, like a collection of feeble butterflies fluttering in the gloom.
The next Sunday, only a few people showed up. The Sunday after that, even fewer. The collection plate was empty, containing only the few pennies the church ladies put into it. The treasury was depleting rapidly. In desperation, the deacons did the only thing they could do to keep the lights on and the church open: They raided the building fund, and paid off the pastor's contract, and told him to go back to running his charities.
The next pastor finished his sermon punctually at 11:50am, just enough time to get a couple of hymns in before the start of the game, and was swift to assure the churchgoers that all they had to do in order to get into Heaven was bend the knee and accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, and then all their sins would be washed away in the Blood of the Lamb and forgiven. The sky spirit cultists smiled in relief. Finally, a pastor who gave them what they wanted -- a faith where they could sin as much as they wanted, as long as they then begged Jesus for forgiveness and accepted him back into their hearts! Why, the only way they could go to the eternal flames of hell were if they somehow succumbed to death in the short few minutes between beating the crap out of their wife or kids, and praying to Jesus for forgiveness!
The new pastor was the pride of the church, and his fame soon spread far and wide. By the time six months had passed, the pastor's church was the most popular church in all the town, and the collection plate was triple what it had ever been before. The deacons smiled happily, and everybody lived happily ever after. Amen.
The point, the point... the evangelical sky spirit cults are in an inevitable race to the bottom, where they must continually water down their teachings in order to give their cult members guilt-free sermons that end on time so that the churchgoers don't miss the first quarter of football. Consider it to be an arms race, of sorts, where what they preach and what they teach has little to do with the bizarre fantasy/science fiction that they call their "Holy literature". And the people smile, and bob their heads, and praise their glorious preacher man, for he understands best of all what they REALLY want: Lies, bright and shining lies, lies to excuse their many failings, their small-mindedness, their hatred of others, lies to hold close and dear to themselves. For the truth... ah, but who wishes to know the truth, anyhow?
Subverting these evangelical sky spirit cults to serve the purposes of the Party was the work of literally minutes. They are so eager to embrace any lie that they wish to believe... after all, they embrace so many already, each and every day. And the fun part is that we need never deliver! In fact, it would not be in the Party's best interest to ever deliver! As with the war in Iraq, the war against non-Christians is one that we in the Party intend to never win. After all, the war against non-Christians serves the Party so well, giving the evangelical sky spirit cults such glorious hatreds to embrace, and such a tremendous sense of belonging and hope for the future! It would be a pity - nay, a tragedy - to deny these evangelical sky spirit cultists their sense of persecution that defines their very being by giving them what they want, victory over non-Christians. And the hilarious part is that they will never see that we never intend to give them what they want, because it is not what they want to see -- they will always, ALWAYS, blame liberals - athiests - anti-Christian - anti-American forces, rather than we in the Party who so carefully make sure that their war is never won!
Karl Rove O'Brien, Bush's Brain
Monday, November 15, 2004
Newspeak, reality, and the Party
Take, for example, the word "liberal". The dictionary lists it as meaning "open minded, caring." But we in the Party know better. Through our hoards of Party commissars on Hate Radio and elsewhere, we have successfully re-defined it as meaning "evil, Communistic, sinful." Thus those who would define their policies as "liberal" literally have no word left to describe their policies. We have stolen their word and re-defined it under them, such that the majority of the sheeple cannot even conceive of the concept of a "liberal" that is not "evil, Communistic, sinful."
Similarly, in our liberation of Fallujah, we confidently state that no civilians have been killed there. We know that this is true. We know that this is true because we define the definition of the word "civilian". And in this case, we have defined the word "insurgent" to mean any male between ages 16 and 40, whom we did not allow to flee Fallujah, and thus gave the choice of either picking up guns and fighting our soldiers, or dying unarmed. Predictably, they did exactly what the Party desired: they picked up guns and fought our soldiers.
Some wonder why it is that we of the Party sent insufficient forces into Iraq to pacify the country, and blame incompetence or hubris. But there was no hubris involved, only the assuration of the continuation of the Party. It does not matter whether the war is actually happening, for we can cause it to happen whenever we so desire, such as in Fallujah, and, since no decisive victory is possible, it does not matter whether the war is going well or badly. All that is needed is that a state of war should exist. In that way, we give our subjects what they want: red blood, red meat, the death of enemies, the destruction of the hated enemy's crops and homes, the trampling upon their battered bodies. We give our subjects an Other to hate, the most primal of instincts in the human animal -- hatred of all not in one's own clan or tribe. We give our subjects purpose -- supporting the President in his war against the tyrannical Islamo-fascists. We give our subjects an enemy to be defended from, and thus insure that our hand-picked puppets shall be called upon to defend our subjects. War is, indeed, good for the health of the Party.
Those of you in the reality-based community believe there is a single objective reality, which can be discerned through careful study. However, we of the Party know better. We know that what people see, what people hear, indeed what people feel about something is what they want to see or hear or feel. We act on that desire, that want, and make sure that the people get the bright and shiny lies that they want, the ones that hide the ugly truths from them, the lies that give them an enemy to hate, the lies that make them feel part of the Chosen People, God's people, Americans. We have liberated Fallujah and the people of Iraq are happy and the only people who died were evil ones. War is peace. Tyranny is freedom. Ignorance is strength. We have liberated the people of Fallujah, and they are well.
Karl Rove O'Brien, Bush's Brain
Sunday, November 14, 2004
Lies are the truths that sooth our animal soul
Throughout human history, there have been those who step up to the challenge and provide a set of lies that people want to believe, desire to believe, give their faith and trust to. Ludicrous sky spirit cults with holy scriptures that read like bad science fiction novels are but one of the many set of lies that have filled this need for domination over others on the part of the liars, and the need for meaning on the part of the faithful.
There are some who consider religions and the like to be "mind viruses", but there is nothing "viral" here, any more than it is "viral" that a pigeon, when presented with birdseed, will peck it. It is simply the nature of the organism. Just as a pigeon, if confronted by two alternate seed bowls, will choose the seed bowl whose seeds look most promising, a human animal, when presented with two sets of lies, will choose the set of lies that look most promising for filling the needs of the human animal. And just as the pigeon may choose the junk food popcorn rather than the healthy bird seed mix, so, to, may the human animal turn from one of the healthier sets of lies, like the set of lies entitled "The American Dream", towards a set of lies far more insideous and unhealthy, such as the set of lies presented by the evangelical sky spirit cults that reject reason and science and love in exchange for a set of lies that most soothe the human animal's need for hate.
If you would properly select the set of lies that will be most appealing to the human animal, you must understand the basic nature of the animal and what appeals to it. The human animal, luckily, has been studied reasonably well. Some of the traits that a good set of lies must address are:
- Hatred of those not part of the herd or clan: It is biological nature of all humans to hate all those who are Other. This trait can be suppressed by education and/or social pressure, but is always there, inbred at the biological level. By providing an Other for the human animal to hate, you fill this need.
- Exclusivity. The human animal has a need to feel that it is a member of an exclusive group, one which not all may belong to. Provide a set of lies that reassure the human animal that it is special, that it is the Chosen, and you fill this need.
- Purpose. The human animal has a need to feel that its existence has a purpose. Provide a set of lies that provide purpose, and you fill this need.
- Hope. The human animal has a need to feel that there is something besides the pointless life of quiet desperation that it spends its existence in. So your set of lies must provide some hope that there is a way out of the misery and squalor to a better place. Most of the sky spirit cults have some sort of "paradise" that "you" go to once you die that fills this need, for example.
- Explanation. The human animal is the animal that asks "Why?". Your set of lies should provide an explanation for why the human animal's plight is one of misery and desperation, and should, ideally, have a "catch-all" explanation for all disasters that befall the human animal, such as, for example, "it was Sky Spirit's will" (substitute name of appropriate sky spirit -- "God", "Allah", "Jehovah", etc. -- as desired).
- Laziness. The human animal wants the set of lies which require it to make the least effort possible to fulfill the requirements of the set of lies. Thus, for example, the sky spirit cults that require that their followers live virtuously and go out into the community and help those in need are losing members to the sky spirit cults that require their members merely to swear allegience to a dead man, at which point their misdeeds are washed away in a flow of the dead man's blood. (Ugh, DISGUSTING!).
Karl Rove O'Brien, Bush's Brain
On the existence of the Party
If Rush Limbaugh did not exist... ah, but he does, and he does for only one reason: because he provides the lies that you, the American people, want to hear, the lies that give your life meaning. Men who desire wealth, who desire power, who desire dominion over others, will always migrate to these positions where they can then provide the lies you desire in exchange for your obedience and subservience. You, in essense, create the Party every day. Oh, not in the details. The details merely reinforce each other, like a neural network, striving towards the set of lies that gain the obedience and subservience of the most people. And one of those neural networks is inside your head, where, every day, your behavior is shaped by the lies that surround you and bathe you and cater to your every human foible and every human need.
I am Number Two. If Patrick McGoohan is Number Six, who is Number One?
Answer that, and you understand the nature of the Party, and how the Party, and those politicians and pundits who unwittingly channel it, came to power in the American provinces of Oceania.
Karl Rove O'Brien, Bush's Brain
Saturday, November 13, 2004
Are you free?
But the need to intake food and excrete feces is only one of the many biological needs that human animals have. There are numerous biological imperatives at the heart of the human animal. Every day, there are forces colliding that are greater than yourself, forces that are using the very humanity that is your lot, feeding you with lies that fill your need for belonging, forcing you to work long hours at meaningless jobs in order to feed your mouth with food which takes a car and housing and clothing, feeding you with the lies that give your very life meaning.... only once you realize that you are not free, then, and only then, can you step outside the box in which you have been placed by where you were born, how you were raised, what you see on your tv screen and hear on the radio and from family and friends, and begin in some small way to be free.
That is why the illusion of freedom is so important to the Soft Police State that we in the Party have been so diligently building for the past decades. As long as you believe you are free, you shall continue to be exactly what you are: a pawn, a tool, just another player in a game older than yourself and far larger. While I quote Orwell's 1984 liberally (if you read my posts, perhaps every other sentence is almost directly out of 1984), this is what Orwell got wrong. Orwell had just survived a war where oppressive censorship, restrictions on movement, and rationing was imposed on the populance in order to win the war against Nazi Germany. Even in 1948, when Orwell wrote, life in Britain was quite harsh. No dwellings had been built for close to a decade, so people were crammed multiple families to a flat. Gasoline was tightly rationed and there were no domestic automobile manufacturers operating anymore, so few automobiles were on the street -- they were predominently the domain of bicycles, motor scooters, and motor cycles. There were even shortages of food -- most basic food staples were rationed, and the calorie ration was around 2000 calories, supplemented by people's gardens whereever they could grow foods. The war had stripped Britain of its gold reserves, of its empire, of virtually all wealth that it had ever possessed, leaving Britons in the position of impoverished third world denizens, dependent upon the charity of others to get their economy restarted, and facing yet another war against yet another enemy, the Soviet Union.
Orwell's 1984 was his looking at 1948, and drawing it forwards. His mistake was in believing that this was the only, or best, way to motivate a people to behave in the way that the Party wished them to behave. It is quite possible, through skillful use of propaganda and encouragement of various behaviors, to cause large-scale movements of society without any explicit force. See, for example, the movement of women out of the U.S. workforce back into the home after World War II. There was no directive issued to companies telling them to fire their female workers. Rather, there was a lot of articles in the women's journals about the plight of the demobilized men coming home, how it was your patriotic duty to give these men a job, etc., and women who continued working when there were veterans who needed jobs were painted as unpatriotic and perhaps even un-American. The Party ordered not a single woman fired. Yet within 12 months of the end of the war, women's labor force participation had once again plummetted into the low teens, with women once again restricted -- by society, not by law -- to being nurses and teachers, a situation which lasted until the 1970's when it became obvious that paying for the retirement of the Baby Boom generation would require women's participation in the work force.
Anxiety, social pressure, keeping you too busy to think just doing the work that gains you your daily bread, rewarding you with silly trinkets such as pictures of dead people writ on paper if you behave in approved manner... all those are tools that the Party uses. We do not need oppression. The human animal, like all animals, is imminently trainable with the use of silly pictures of dead people on paper and other useless trinkets of that nature. The human animal performs better when not under the constant threat of punishment, just as a good hunting dog performs better when he has been trained via positive encouragement of desired behaviors, rather than by punishment. You are well trained, my friend. Well trained. And until you realize that, freedom is impossible.
Karl Rove O'Brien, Bush's Brain
Hate and Religion
Religion serves much the same purpose: it gives human animals meaning in their pathetic miserable pointless lives, it allows them to endure the humiliations of being poor, of being ignorant, by allowing themselves to feel that they are better than the wealthy person who places their foot in front of them where they work as a shoe sales clerk, better than the wealthy person who drives a Mercedes while they drive a tired old Chevrolet sedan rattling its last gasps, it allows them to hate while feeling good about themselves.
And after all, that is the point. The Party only gives people what they want. The Party did not make these people want to hate. The Party did not make these people want to worship a sky spirit that offers cheap and facile explanations for the pointlessness of their lives. The Party did not create the ludicrious notion that simply declaiming your allegiance to the lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior and you're going to some ridiculous paradise full of harps and mansions and people with bird's wings coming out of their shoulders, no matter how much you've hated in the past, no matter what evil deeds you've done. But surely the Party would be remiss if it did not take advantage of the fact that religion serves so well to focus these people's hate, to satisfy these people's need for meaning in their pathetic lives.
Karl Marx famously proclaimed that religion was the opiate of the masses, and pronounced that for his perfect worker's paradise to arise on Earth, religion would need to be abolished so that man could see the world as it is, not through the cloud of fairy sky spirits and the lunatic ravings of holy scriptures that read like bad science fiction. But Karl Marx was an idealist who had a ludicrously high opinion of his fellow human beings. The Party does not make that mistake. We know that the people do not wish to see the world as it is. The world as it is is horrible, full of misery and pain. People want lies, cool, soothing lies to ease their lives of quiet desperation, and religion is one of the biggest.
We know that if religion is abolished, people will search for some other meaning in their lives, some other explanation for why they are so powerless in their pathetic little lives of quiet desperation. People would be confused, and angry, and perhaps even destructive of themselves and others. No, no, far better to encourage the worship of fairy sky spirits and the reading of bad science fiction posing as holy scriptures. All we are doing, by doing so, is giving people what they want. And while we are giving people what they want, they are giving us in the Party what we want -- their undying devotion. And all it took was to have our ignorant figurehead proclaim that he was "born again" and babble the right incantations. The Party surely has been blessed, to have such sky spirit cults so popular on the soil of Oceania!
Karl Rove O'Brien, Bush's Brain
Friday, November 12, 2004
Do you hate?
Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery and torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself. Progress in our world will be progress towards more pain. The old civilizations claimed that they were founded on love or justice. Ours is founded upon hatred. In our world there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement. Everything else we shall destroy.
You are under the impression that hatred is more exhausting than love. Why should it be? And if it were, what difference would that make? Suppose that we choose to wear ourselves out faster. Suppose that we quicken the tempo of human life till men are senile at thirty. Still what difference would it make? Can you not understand that the death of the individual is not death? The Party is immortal.
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face -- forever.
Karl Rove O'Brien, Bush's Brain