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1984 (Signet Classics) Mass Market Paperback – Unabridged, July 1, 1950
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Today Kellyanne Conway announced that we were given alternate facts. Shades of changing the past and controlling the present
Get ready to party like it's 1984
Another worthwhile book is "A Nation of Sheep" by William J. Lederer
How knee-deep are we in this hoopla? What can we learn from Winston's & Julia's plight?
It's that we're, well, not *quite* there yet ... but the corners, once turned, aren't re-doable.
Here's what's up: "This plan, this Christofascist takeover of the US government, [that] has been in the works for decades" which you've heard about on Autostraddle has been documented by others (see C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy); a sizable chunk of Democratic voters don't even get to *go* the polls, there's been a concerted campaign of interference (see The Best Democracy Money Can Buy); Citizen United made most things all-but-impossible, period (Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right); the noise machine obscuring truths about non-Republican is quite real and well-established (Killing the Messenger: The Right-Wing Plot to Derail Hillary and Hijack Your Government); 1/5 of the global GDP is black-market economy (see McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld, where this figure comes from); the "fake news" parodied in my own Glenn Beck: Limp-Dick Detective; and uh Bush/Cheney left things a tuned-up machine (Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy) to ... well. We'll see.
ALSO: I've found J.G. Ballard's Hello America: A Novel and Philip K. Dick's Radio Free Albemuth, both of which I've gotten through recently, to be apt, timely, and of-the-moment. Ditto John Shirley's A Song Called Youth trilogy, which he's revising, once again, for a *3rd* edition, which was how I first found out about this far-too-far-right Le Pen family to begin with! Stay tuned.
Now, in 2017, the fear is here. 1984, the book is in the top ten book sellers this week. Why? Fasicism is upon us. Our rights are being depleted everyday. George Orwell told us, but it took 33 years after 1984 for his predictions to come true. Read on, ye seekers of truth, we need to unite.
Recommended. prisrob 01-25-17
It was very physiological, without having to resort to using big words. (I had to read some of Faucaut, and I can say, thats a HARD read)
This is a book I could have read without the incepted for the class...
I actually liked the ending, but some wouldn't.
The plot isn't very perdictable, becuase i actually guessed wrong about certain things multiple times. The book also isn't supper unpredictable, becuase I did predict some things (the semi-ending, for example)