Do We Live In Orwell’s Post-Truth World?

Rohnert Park, CA
May 4, 2017

by Rich Scheck

“In a time of universal deceit,
telling the truth is a revolutionary act!”
(Attributed to George Orwell)

In the nearly seven decades since he passed away, Orwell’s dystopian vision has taken on a level of reality that might even surprise him.

NSA spying, fake news, total information awareness and virtually full-time deception from all major institutions has resulted in a degree of cynicism and despair unsurpassed in modern times.

One writer has gone so far as to characterize this period as the “post-truth” era, an amazing way to describe our current situation.

Famed journalist Robert Parry recently wrote that all major institutions have lost their credibility because they are seen as liars rather than truth tellers.

Robert David Steele calls our society a “culture of cheats:”

Richard Dolan also has chimed in to add his perspective regarding the degree
of cultural decline that has arisen in the wake of the triumphant national security state that dominates contemporary America. His excellent weekly radio shows on Monday evenings and Wednesday mornings can be accessed from his website:

Our Welfare/Warfare State is part Orwell and part Huxley…….what I have label the Huxwellian World of 2017. Rampant commercialism; a friendly fascist world with its unending wars and lust for consumerism; the decline of traditional values and spiritual concerns; and, of course, an entertainment industry allowing us to “amuse ourselves to death” are the hallmarks of this “Hunger Games” mode of existence.

To the extent truth-telling is a revolutionary act that threatens the National Security State, whistle-blowers and journalists who dare to dig deeper than the official government narrative are dismissed as conspiracy theorists, alarmists, trouble-makers or traitors.

Breitbart, Assange, Snowden, Manning, Swan, Atkinson and a long list of others who have come forward have been killed, jailed, threatened with prosecution or otherwise marginalized.

Trump won the 2016 election by referencing this phenomena whether it involved Obama’s birth certificate, 9/11 or the other examples of dubious official accounts that resonated with a disaffected populace. But he quickly assumed the mantle of Liar-In-Chief and morphed into an example of his own outrage.

His attack on Syria in early April was based on a brazen lie regarding Assad’s
involvement with the gas attack on his own people. Even if he used the event after
warning Russia and Syria it was coming as a negotiating tactic to show the world he was serious about using force (compared to Obama), he still relied on a lie to slander the president of a sovereign nation, setting in motion a series of events that have only increased tensions and discord in the region.

Another blatant example of this syndrome has emerged in the DNC’s defense of the law suit brought by supporters of Bernie Sanders who accuse it of stealing the election from their candidate. Rather than denying the charges, the Democrats have said they have a right to ignore the wishes of their members and pick whomever they please, even in secret if they so decide.

I consider that the very essence of Orwell’s 1984 (“truth is lies”) and confirms just how far down the rabbit hole our society of cheaters and news fabricators has gone.

We are a long way from executing anyone found guilty of a falsehood: we can’t hold most public officials accountable for their false flag attacks and untruthful narratives. But that may some day be the solution chosen by future inhabitants of this Huxwellian World to redress the absurdity and confusion of living under such chaotic circumstances.

So even if Orwell is not the source of the quote frequently attributed to him, truth-telling has the potential to be a revolutionary act in a universe where lying is pandemic and decent folks are eager for a clearer perspective on what is really happening.

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