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megimoo
06-03-2009, 12:45 PM
Racism as thoughtcrime - Orwell seems more right than ever

The last decade have been a golden age for George Orwell and his greatest work, 1984. While the novel has always been prized, I remember a time when it was considered a great piece, but not a prescient one. As the age of genetic engineering dawned in he Nineties Huxley's Brave New World seemed far more accurate (though less well written).
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"This Idiot thinks that Eric Blair is better and a more literate author than Aldous Huxley ? I think Not !"
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And yet in 2009 Orwell's predictions seem more eerily true than ever. It is not so much the more obviously Soviet elements, like the economic poverty and the state brutality, that have turned out true - quite the opposite - as the mental straightjacketing.
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In particular his predictions of "thoughtcrime" and "newspeak" have turned out very close to the mark, and for the latter one only has to read the Guardian Style Guide or look at the Biased BBC blog.
............."Who knew that Barney The Fag Would play a role in Orwells tome ? Animal Farm yes but not 1984 !"
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Thoughtcrime is a very dangerous concept, and is the reason why the Left-wing Orwell has become a hero not just to the (centre-Right but also to the far-Right, or at least the anti-immigration Right)
(as well as libertarians, for obvious reason).
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"Correct me if I am wrong but aren't the 'Hate Crime bills of legislation's being sponsored and supported by the Barney Franks Far Left,Gay Progressive/Liberals in the Congress ?"
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Orwell could not have foreseen how race would come to obsess western thinking, so that racism would be considered the worst thoughtcrime of all. The road to hell is paved with good intentions and the fight against racism, a righteous cause, has become a pretext to clamp down on individual freedom and quash dissent.
http://revel.unice.fr/cycnos/document.html?id=1386

The Mapherson report in 1999 introduced the idea of thoughtcrime into the law by introducing the concept that if a crime was perceived to be racist, even if there was no proof, than it must be so. It was a huge blow against individual freedom, and done for the best of reasons.

And because racism it wrong, that report even went as far as to suggest that people could be prosecuted for racist language or behaviour "other than in a public place". Boris Johnson pointed out "Not even under the law of Ceausescu’s Romania could you be prosecuted for what you said in your own kitchen."

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/edwest/blog/2009/06/03/racism_as_thoughtcrime__orwell_seems_more_right_th an_ever
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A brief Bio Of Eric Blair ne (George Orwell )
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Education and Early Years 1903-1921

Eric Arthur Blair was born on 25 June 1903 in Motihari, Bengal (now Bihar) India, into a family of the “lower-upper middle class” as he wryly puts it in The Road to Wigan Pier (1933). He was the son of Ida Mabel née Limouzin (1875–1943) and Richard Walmesley Blair (1857–1938), who worked as a sub-deputy opium agent for the Indian Civil Service under the British Raj. Eric rarely saw his father until he had retired in 1912. Eric’s grandfather had been a wealthy plantation and slave owner but the fortunes dwindled by the time he was born. He had two sisters, Marjorie and Avril.
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At the age of one Eric and his mother settled in England; his father joined them in 1912. At the age of five, Blair entered the Anglican parish school of Henley-on-Thames which he attended for two years before entering the prestigious St. Cyprian’s school in Sussex. Corporal punishment was common in the day and possibly a source of his initial resentment towards authority. While there, Blair wrote his first published work, the poem “Awake! Young Men of England”; “Oh! think of the War Lord’s mailed fist, That is striking at England today.” With pressures to excel, Eric earned a scholarship to “the most costly and snobbish of the English Public Schools” Eton College where he attended between 1917 and 1921, and where Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World (1932) taught him French.