Ever read 1984? It’s a dystopian novel set in an alternate timeline filled with oppression through the suppression of freedom of speech, free thought and freedom of association amongst other things. It’s a society that outlaws any expression of individuality, surveils its subjects, and attempts to promote mindless obedience through such things as Newspeak; a new language that removes all words deemed too dangerous, and a cult of personality focused towards “Big Brother”, the leader of this superstate.
In short, it’s an unimaginably backwards society filled to the brim with unspeakable oppression. To many, this is a cautionary tale of what an unchecked, trusted government can turn into.
For Hillary Clinton on the other hand?
“Attempting to define reality is a core feature of authoritarianism. This is what the Soviets did when they erased political dissidents from historical photos. This is what happens in George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, when a torturer holds up four fingers and delivers electric shocks until his prisoner sees five fingers as ordered. The goal is to make you question logic and reason and to sow mistrust toward exactly the people we need to rely on: our leaders, the press, experts who seek to guide public policy based on evidence, ourselves. For Trump, as with so much he does, it’s about simple dominance.”
Right off the bat, let’s point out something that bothers me about this paragraph. Why is Hillary attempting to link totalitarianism with Trump’s apparent domination (that of which itself is incredibly vague)? The individual actions of person are vastly different to those in a totalitarian system, even if that person has upset you in one way or another.
Another thing: “attempting to define reality is a core feature of authoritarianism” – we could have a great field-day with this phrase. Who are the ones who routinely will lie about reality, and twist it for higher ratings? Allow me to indulge you with a few examples of predominantly Democrat-ran outlets doing just this:
- NBC and CNN lying about George Zimmerman tape, making him look like a racial profiler by cutting out bits and pieces of what he said. (archive)
- “Betsy DeVos thinks guns should be used to protect schools from grizzly bears!” — when she said nothing of the sort and was merely using one school in Wyoming as an example of why yet another blanket ban from the federal government would be a bad idea (archive)
- TIME reporter writes that MLK Jr bust was removed from White House when it wasn’t. This reporter didn’t see the bust, so assumed that it was taken down without bothering to ask anyone in the White House if that were the case. Instead he wrote up a half-assed article on it, presumably because it was something he wanted to be true (archive)
- CNN cut clip of woman calling for violence in “the suburbs” to make it look like she was advocating for the opposite
- CNN, MSNBC and numerous other “progressive” outlets promoting statistics debunked decades ago such as the 77% wage gap or 1 in 5 (prominent members of government such as Obama have also parroted these simplistic statistics) (archive)
- “Progressive” outlets like CNN going out of their way to ignore the anti-free speech violence & intimidation perpetuated currently by the authoritarian left, despite organisations like Antifa committing acts of terrorism repeatedly throughout the US
Then of course you’ve got the mass hysteria of Russians hacking the election, or Nazis being everywhere, amongst other humorous headlines.
I hope you get the point – that if we’re really to take this phrase and apply it not just to Trump but to everyone it looks far worse on your part, which is saying something because Trump isn’t exactly the most ideal candidate for many. Despite this, this phrase applies far more strongly to you at this moment in time than it does to any other group in American life at the moment, outside of a few fringe groups that barely anyone’s heard of nor cares about.
This attitude is also represented by many Democrats painting Trump as a “fascist”, “Nazi” or “white supremacist” amongst other horrible terms; usually with no supporting evidence to back it up. There are genuine criticisms for Trump at the moment; for example a good one would be how he and his party have treated healthcare in the US and how they haven’t been able to replace the bloody awful Obamacare plan despite having over 7 years to do it. There are many examples like this of him royally screwing up, but when you choose to focus on “he’s a nazi” or stupidity like it with no evidence it makes you lot look like you’re attempting to redefine reality.
One more thing that annoys me here:
“The goal is to make you question logic and reason and to sow mistrust toward exactly the people we need to rely on: our leaders, the press, experts who seek to guide public policy based on evidence, ourselves.”
By this logic, should we trust President Trump? How do you feel about that, I mean he is our leader after all is he not? Why doesn’t the media trust him?
The US has a strong history of having a mistrust towards government, and arguably this is one of its greatest strengths that has kept liberty alive and well in the US (for the most-part). Politicians should never be trusted; even those who seem to be more trustworthy such as Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul. In giving government trust, we risk sacrificing our many liberties that our ancestors fought with blood and sweat for.
I should also point out that many of the people that Hillary believes that we should rely on have pushed a great number of people down into miserable conditions that they still suffer from today. They have grown the national debt to unbelievable numbers ($20,166,406,989 at the time of writing), they have neglected the infrastructure of the impoverished areas of cities whilst driving out wealth leading to much higher crime rates in these areas (especially in Democrat-ran cities), they have put into place blatantly illegal, unconstitutional laws such as the Patriot Act which makes it easier for government to spy on ordinary Americans (signed into law by Bush; renewed by Obama); bypassing the 4th amendment, or a provision at the end of the 2011 NDAA signed by Obama that allows for the indefinite detention of any American without due process, amongst many other things.
Is this really the sign of a system that deserves trust? Where were the press and “experts” when those last two pieces of legislation were signed into law; especially that on indefinite detention? Considering how serious they are you’d think that they’d be out in full-force but we barely heard a whimper out of them.
Trust in authority can be a very, very dangerous thing as we learned much too well from the 20th century alone. And seeing this in Hillary’s book makes me incredibly relieved that she lost. The US has had too many Clintons; too many Bushes too for that matter too, and it’s high time for a change in policy. Perhaps we should look to the past for what worked, rather than this two-way paradigm that we’ve seen for decades.
Though we’ve made tremendous strides over the past century (such as with the Civil Rights Movement; which overturned many oppressive government policies) not everything has been sunshine and rainbows; especially with the growing centralisation of the government along with the obnoxious, creepy overreach of said government into every aspect of our lives.
The last thing the country needs is more of this airy-fairy “trust in your government/press/experts” bollocks, especially when that trust hasn’t been earned. Do us all a favour and go permanently vacate yourself to the Bahamas, go sightseeing around Europe, whatever floats your boat; as it’ll benefit the country far more not to have you as part of it.