Category Archives: Literature

A message to anyone who feels like ‘Winston’ in Orwell’s 1984, by Simon Black

Conform or else, that’s the message. From Simon Black at sovereignman.com:

“The ideal set up by the Party was something huge, terrible, and glittering . . . all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting– three hundred million people all with the same face.”

That was a quote from George Orwell’s seminal work 1984— a masterpiece that describes life in a totalitarian state that demands blind obedience.

The ‘Party’ controlled everything– the economy, daily life, and even the truth. In Orwell’s 1984, “the heresy of heresies was common sense.”

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered.”

“And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

If you were ever caught committing a thoughtcrime— dissenting from the Party for even an instant– then “your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten.”

Now, our world obviously hasn’t become quite as extreme as Orwell’s dystopian vision. But Big Tech, Big Media, and Big Government certainly seem to be giving it their best effort.

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Are We Really Going to Build Back Better After a Dark Winter (Part Three), by Jim Quinn

The conclusion of Jim Quinn’s analysis of the future. Parts One and Two are linked in the article. From Quinn at theburningplatform.com:

In Part 1 of this article I laid out the case the “dark winter” narrative and how an experimental vaccine marketed like a tech product by Big Pharma and their cronies are part of a globalist scheme to reset the world and force us into subservience. In Part 2 of the article I revealed how the “build back better” narrative is part of Klaus Schwab’s Great Reset plan to implement a one world command and control dystopia, managed by billionaire oligarchs and their dark forces.

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Their “new normal” tripe is built on a foundation of falsity. The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 killed 50 million people when the population of earth was 1.8 billion, or 2.8% of the world population. This China flu has contributed to the deaths of 1.8 million people with a worldwide population of 7.8 billion, or .023%. The world was not locked down by totalitarians, no vaccine was created, the flu dissipated over time (probably due to natural herd immunity), people continued to live their lives, and the world returned to normal without global elites dictating how we had to live.

There is no such thing as a new normal. There is normal and abnormal. What we are experiencing today is a warped stage-managed abnormality being jammed down our throats by men who will benefit greatly if we let them take over the world, with no downside risk for themselves when their hair brained ideas tragically fail.

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Vonnegut’s Dark Vision, by Jim Quinn

Greatness lifts those around it, failure tries to bring everyone to its level. From Jim Quinn at theburningplatform.com:

“THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.” – Harrison Bergeron – Kurt Vonnegut

Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Short Story Bundle Common Core Aligned

Kurt Vonnegut’s short story – Harrison Bergeron – was written in 1961, and in Vonnegut’s darkly satirical style, portrayed America in 2081 as an disgracefully dystopian nightmare. Little did Vonnegut know what he considered outrageous and 120 years in the future, would be far closer to our current dystopian reality just 60 years later. The story was brought to my attention by my wife a week ago when we were talking about the absurdity of masks, their uselessness in stopping viruses, how they are nothing more than a means to control the population, being used to spread fear, and as a dehumanizing technique.

She remembered the name Diana Moon Glampers from reading the story in high school. Never has a story that takes 15 minutes to read, captured the evilness and depravity of a government demanding “equality” in a more succinct and brutal manner. Its parallels with our current government enforced lockdown, mandatory muzzles, mainstream media propaganda, and social media censorship is uncannily accurate.

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Why the Media Chose Not to Hear When Trump Called Obama a Literary Fraud, by Jack Cashill

I once read something Barack Obama purportedly wrote in law school. A talented seventh-grader could have done better. The man couldn’t write then, and apparently he didn’t improve much. From Jack Cashill at americanthinkers.com:

Barack Obama, the writer, is stumbling again.  Even the New York Times acknowledges that the former president is “anguishing over the publication date of his long-awaited memoir.” Others are anguishing even more than he.

“The delay is wreaking havoc with print scheduling and of course budget planning,” an insider told me.  “The enormous advance is starting to raise concerns within the publisher.  While Michelle’s book performed well, Obama needs to deliver the book and sales to make the overall deal worthwhile.”

This is not the first time Obama failed to deliver on a book deadline.  In the summer of 1993, Simon & Schuster lost patience with Obama, canceled the contract it had awarded him two years earlier, and demanded the advance back.  To get out of debt and save his future, Obama had to do something.

Donald Trump knows just what that something was, and he has said so in public.  At the time, I was paying close attention.  In the spring of 2011, I received a call from a fellow named Michael Cohen.  I did not recognize the name, nor did I know how Cohen got my cell number.  He explained that he was Trump’s attorney, and I had heard of Trump.  Cohen wanted to know what I knew about Barack Obama’s origins.

I told Cohen I had followed the birth certificate issue only from a distance and knew no more than anyone else.  I recommended instead that Trump focus on the authorship issue.  Obama claimed to have written his acclaimed memoir, Dreams from My Father, by himself.  He was lying.  He definitely had help, much of it from Bill Ayers.  This I deduced from my literary forensic work in the summer and fall of 2008.  In fact, my first serious article on the same was published in the American Thinker.

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How the British Empire Created and Killed George Orwell, by Martin Sieff

A fascinating look at what may have been George Orwell’s real motivations. From Martin Sieff at strategic-culture.org:

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), happily amplified by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in the United States which carries its World News, continues to pump out its regular dreck about the alleged economic chaos in Russia and the imagined miserable state of the Russian people.

It is all lies of course. Patrick Armstrong‘s authoritative regular updates including his reports on this website are a necessary corrective to such crude propaganda.

But amid all their countless fiascoes and failures in every other field (including the highest per capita death rate from COVID-19 in Europe, and one of the highest in the world) the British remain world leaders at managing global Fake News. As long as the tone remains restrained and dignified, literally any slander will be swallowed by the credulous and every foul scandal and shame can be confidently covered up.

None of this would have surprised the late, great George Orwell. It is fashionable these days to endlessly trot him out as a zombie (dead but alleged to be living – so that he cannot set the record straight himself) critic of Russia and all the other global news outlets outside the control of the New York and London plutocracies. And it is certainly true, that Orwell, whose hatred and fear of communism was very real, served before his death as an informer to MI-5, British domestic security.

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The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months, by Robert Bregman

This is a great story, a real life refutation of William Golding’s vision in Lord of the Flies. From Robert Bregman at theguardian.com

When a group of schoolboys were marooned on an island in 1965, it turned out very differently from William Golding’s bestseller, writes Rutger Bregman

A still from the 1963 film of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.
A still from the 1963 film of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. Photograph: Ronald Grant

For centuries western culture has been permeated by the idea that humans are selfish creatures. That cynical image of humanity has been proclaimed in films and novels, history books and scientific research. But in the last 20 years, something extraordinary has happened. Scientists from all over the world have switched to a more hopeful view of mankind. This development is still so young that researchers in different fields often don’t even know about each other.

When I started writing a book about this more hopeful view, I knew there was one story I would have to address. It takes place on a deserted island somewhere in the Pacific. A plane has just gone down. The only survivors are some British schoolboys, who can’t believe their good fortune. Nothing but beach, shells and water for miles. And better yet: no grownups.

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And the People Woke Up, by Jo Ann Skousen

Jo Ann Skousen takes on a poem that’s become popular during the coronavirus lockdown. From Skousen at forum.freedomfest.com:

If you have any presence on social media at all, you have surely seen Kitty O’Meara’s sentimental prose poem “And the People Stayed Home,” which has circled the globe faster than a corona virus in the past couple of weeks. O’Meara says that she had been feeling sad and anxious about the pandemic and the shutdown, and that writing the poem had a palliative effect. It has had a palliative effect on others, too; its calm intonations and hopeful message of a better future have resonated across the Internet. Because I teach poetry, many of my friends have sent it to me directly.

The words are often accompanied by a colorful folksy painting of a fox, a bear, and a girl, each cocooned in individual womblike sacks under the roots of a leafless tree, waiting for spring. In case you’ve been in a burrow somewhere without access to social media, here is the poem:

“And the people stayed home and read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

“And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

“And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.”

~Kitty O’Meara

I understand the attraction to this poem. It’s calm and cozy and peaceful, almost like a glass of warm milk before going to bed. It has brought comfort and reassurance to countless people who have posted and shared and liked it and rewritten versions of their own. I’m happy for them. It’s always good to look for the silver lining in situations we can’t change. I’ve been doing that too.

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Bob Dylan’s Midnight Message to JFK’s Ghost, by Edward Curtin

Edward Curtin reviews Bob Dylan’s dirge on the Kennedy assassination “Murder Most Foul,” at lewrockwell.com:

“For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak with most miraculous organ.”   – Hamlet

On May 1, 1962, President John Kennedy was meeting in the Oval Office with a group of Quakers who were urging him to do more for peace and disarmament.  As he kept explaining, the great political opposition he was facing within his own government, they kept urging him to do more.  He listened very closely to their words and finally said, “You believe in redemption don’t you.”  By the next spring he had turned decisively toward the peacemaking the Quakers had urged upon him, resulting in his murder in the fall by treacherous government forces, led by the CIA, that opposed him all along.

Now that Dylan has burst forth from behind his many masks and gifted the world with his incandescent new song about the assassination, with a title taken from Hamlet, from the mouth of the ghost of the dead King of Denmark –“ Murder Most Foul “– we have entered a new day in an odd way.  For those who have wondered over the years if Dylan had “sold out,” here is their answer. For those who have wondered if he would go to his grave reciting the words of T.S. Eliot’s J. Alfred Prufrock – “I am no Prince Hamlet nor was meant to be” – here is Hamlet’s booming response. Not only does this song lay bare the truth of the most foundational event in modern American history, but it does so in such a powerfully poetic way and at such an opportune time that it should redeem Dylan in the eyes of those who ever doubted him.

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The Coronavirus Is Not the Plague: The Plague Is US, by Edward Curtin

Now for a more literary take on the coronavirus, from Edward Curtin at lewrockwell.com:

“Two categories of propaganda must be distinguished.  The first strives to create a permanent disposition in its objects and constantly needs to be reinforced.  Its goal is to make the masses ‘available,’ by working spells upon them and exercising a kind of fascination.  The second category involves the creation of a sort of temporary impulsiveness in its objects.  It operates by simple pressure and is often contradictory (since contradictory mass movement are sometimes necessary).”  – Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society

The French-Algerian writer Albert Camus’ great 1947 novel, The Plague, is a warning to us today, but a warning in disguise.  When he died sixty years ago at the young age of forty-six, he had already written The Stranger, The Fall, and The Plague, and had won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The outward story of The Plague revolves around a malignant disease that breaks out in a town that is quarantined when the authorities issue a state of emergency.  After first denying that they have a problem, the people gradually panic and feel painfully isolated.  Death fear runs rampant, much like today with the coronavirus. The authorities declare martial law as they warn that the situation is dire, people must be careful of associating, especially in groups, and they better obey orders or very many will die.  So the town is cordoned off.

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Two Appearances on Radio for “Everything I Know About Business I Learned From The Godfather”

I have appeared once before on the Arterburn Radio Transmission with Tony Arterburn on October 29. I appeared again on December 13 and Tony and I discussed my latest book, Everything I Know About Business I Learned From The Godfather. We had another fun and interesting discussion. You can follow this link for the Brighteon video of the show.

Tony is in San Antonio and his show is on Freedom 1160 AM at 8:00 PM Monday through Wednesday and Friday evenings. His wife, Melissa, helps him produce the show. The website for the show is arterburn.news and the call-in number is 210-526-3656.

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On December 18, I appeared on America Matters Media, Talking Truth to Power, Nevada’s Freedom Talk Radio, KTHO Stateline, Nevada, with Leland Faegre, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, producer, publisher and statesman, and Brendan Trainor, award-winning writer, libertarian activist and former Party State Chair.

Leland and I worked together in Los Angeles. This was the first time I had met Brandan. As you can see from the YouTube video, we had a rousing discussion.

Talking Truth To Power is on Wednesdays, KCKQ 1180 AM, Reno and in the Tahoe Basin; from 11:00-12:00 Noon PST, streamed worldwide at amm.streamon.fm (http://amm.streamon.fm/?fbclid=IwAR0Ss93eMi9oV0b8ZQYqllZX…) and live on the “Talking Truth To Power” Facebook page:

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