Tag Archives: George Orwell
As Orwell wrote in a 1946 essay, political language “is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”
Guilty by Association in the Age of Trump. Comparing Charlottesville to J20: A Case Study in Hypocrisy.
Repression, Harsh Sentencing and Sexual Assault.
How many times does independent media have to get it right, before you acknowledge that it’s looking out for you?
Wrongheaded Calls to “Give Trump a Chance”
Hedges: All the major candidates for president, including Bernie Sanders, along with a media that is a shameless echo chamber for the elites, embrace endless war. Lost are the art of diplomacy, the ability to read the cultural, political, linguistic and religious landscape of those we dominate by force,
Henry A. Giroux: State Terrorism and Racist Violence in the Age of Disposability — From Emmett Till to Eric Garner
If you want a picture of the future imagine a boot stomping on a human face forever. —George Orwell By Henry A. Giroux Truthout | Op-Ed December 5, 2014 Comments by Giroux posted on his Facebook page: My newest Truthout piece on the connection between the new totalitarianism and the killing of black men and […]
Ellsberg, Rowley, Drake, McGovern, Greenwald speak at “Beyond Orwell: Surveillance, Secrets & Whistleblowing in the Security State.” By Linda Lewis • April 27, 2014 • WhistleblowingToday.org Four national security whistleblowers and a former CIA analyst appeared onstage Tuesday at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall for a roundtable discussion, “Beyond Orwell: Surveillance, Secrets & Whistleblowing in the Security State.” Keynote speaker Daniel Ellsberg, […]
We live in what the German political scientist Ernst Fraenkel called “the dual state.” Totalitarian states are always dual states. In the dual state civil liberties are abolished in the name of national security By Chris Hedges truthdig.com Posted on Feb 16, 2014 President Barack Obama announces James Clapper, left, as director of national intelligence during a ceremony in the […]
Surveillance, in any land where it is ubiquitous and inescapable, generates distrust and divisions among its citizens, curbs their readiness to speak freely to each other, and diminishes their willingness to even dare to think freely. -Ariel Dorfman By Henry A Giroux, Truthout.org | Op-Ed Monday, 10 February 2014 09:15 (Image: Jared Rodriguez […]
The political philosopher Sheldon Wolin, in his essential book “Democracy Incorporated,” calls our system of corporate governance “inverted totalitarianism,” which represents “the political coming of age of corporate power and the political demobilization of the citizenry.” By Chris Hedges Posted on Jan 5, 2014 truthdig.com This is our last gasp as a democracy. The state’s wholesale intrusion into our lives […]
Our government lies to itself — and to us. Like Edward Snowden, it is time for us all to stand up for our values. PATRICK L. SMITH January 2, 2013 Salon.com George Orwell, Edward Snowden (Credit: AP) This column is not another look back, another of those tedious end-of-year rituals the very best hacks, the hacks truly […]
Originally posted on Come Home America:
by Nathan Goodman When is a war not a war? According to John Kerry, launching cruise missiles at Syria is not a war. Testifying before the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry said, “President Obama is not asking America to go to war.” Kerry’s argument seems to hinge on…
For well over a decade now the United States has been “a nation at war.” Does that war have a name? TD’s version of must-see TV: last week, Andrew Bacevich argued Stephen Colbert (or at least the character he plays) to a draw in a telling and funny episode of “the Colbert Report” which takes up the issue […]
After the bombings that killed and maimed so horribly at the Boston Marathon, our country’s politics and mass media are awash in heartfelt compassion — and reflexive “doublethink,” which George Orwell described as willingness “to forget any fact that has become inconvenient.” by Norman Solomon Published on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Common Dreams People react as an explosion […]