“He says it was all music and comedy”
“It was. Plus a few films”
“Now it’s all silence and death”
Fast Company: “It doesn’t matter that Jeff Bezos has stepped down: No industry is safe from the company’s relentless ambition. A complete guide to Amazon’s staggeringly large and ever-mutating domain, most of which you can’t even see…”
ROGER KIMBALL: How 1984 Has Become a How-to Manual.
The new resolution will establish “Xi’s core position and authority,” placing him alongside Mao as a charismatic revolutionary leader.
What about the scores of millions murdered by Mao?
Silly question. That is not part of the narrative. Therefore it doesn’t exist.
The news reports outlining this new “resolution on history” note that “past resolutions on history have not only reshaped power structures within China, but have had extensive effects on the world beyond as well.”
It is too early, perhaps, to say what the effect of Xi’s new initiative will be.
But it seems clear that, whether or not he has read Orwell, Xi is an able student of the teaching Orwell described.
The irony, of course, is that Orwell regarded “1984” as a warning. Xi, like our own masters, seem to regard it as a how-to manual.
Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were deeply impressed by another acolyte at the renegade Church of Orwell, the “community organizer” Saul Alinsky.
In his book “Rules for Radicals,” Alinsky notes that “He who controls the language controls the masses.”
Orwell couldn’t have put it any more clearly.
It’s a thought that has the Xi Jinping mark of approval. What more can you ask for?
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Crew member in charge of prop gun that killed cinematographer was a ‘replacement brought in after workers walked off set of Rust’ following row about conditions and ‘two misfires’ days before tragedy: Alec Baldwin was told weapon was safe to use Daily Mail (J-LS). Wowsers.
DM is actually very good at this sort of reporting, but for those who want MSM verification: Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ camera crew walked off before shooting Los Angeles Times. Kevin W: “So, not so much a tragic accident but an accident waiting to happen.”