George Orwell, author of the novel “1984,” is often quoted about the use of language to control societies and nations. His statements seem contemporary:


“The people will believe what the media tells them they believe.”

“The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.”

“If he were allowed contact with foreigners, he would discover that they are creatures similar to himself and that most of what he has been told about them is lies. The sealed world in which he lives would be broken, and the fear, hatred, and self-righteousness on which his morale depends might evaporate.”

“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”

“We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”


We are all subject to propaganda, to manipulation. As Orwell implied, sometimes we miss the obvious:


  • The U.S. has placed ballistic missiles, armaments, warships, and military bases directly on the borders of both Russia and China. Russia and China have not done the same to the U.S. This proves Russia and China are a threat.





  • In 1962 under John Kennedy, the U.S. attempted an invasion of Cuba and threatened nuclear Armageddon because Russia had placed ballistic missiles on the sovereign island state that could level Washington or New York in 10 minutes. This proves that Russia has no right to be upset that the S. has ballistic missiles in Poland and Romania that are 7 minutes from destroying Moscow and was planning on missile installations even closer in Ukraine.


  • The U.S. is spending hundreds of millions placing missiles and arms on the internationally recognized Chinese island of Taiwan and running warships through the Taiwan Straits. This proves China is trying to take Taiwan.


  • And from journalist Caitlan Johnstone: It’s okay for the US to keep waging wars, destroying nations, starving civilian populations with economic sanctions, instigating proxy wars, arming neo-Nazis and violent jihadists, staging coups and persecuting journalists, because if it doesn’t do those things the world might be taken over by evil tyrants.


Returning to Orwell:

“In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

“If you can feel that staying human is worthwhile, even when it can’t have any result whatever, you’ve beaten them.”