Constance Cumbey — Learning to Live and Love George Orwell’s 1984 Big Brother
“Intelligence” for the 21st Century – “De-Orwell” the Population
Our long perceived liberties are now at a dangerous tipping point. I’ve been recently reflecting on my life’s work informing the public of the New Age Movement and its related “hidden dangers.”
Those dangers are now becoming much less hidden. Many are diverted by 2012 New Age Mayan prophecies and fail to see more here and now dangers. Almost all from believers to those who have viewed the movie series THE OMEN or even the LEFT BEHIND books and films are familiar with the following Book of Revelation warnings:
15- And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16- And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17- And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18- Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
As I first wrote in 1981 in my expository book about the New Age Movement, THE HIDDEN DANGERS OF THE RAINBOW, New Agers, and allegedly Christian fellow travelers were calling for a New World Order with an accompanying global food redistribution program — aided of course by modern technology, i.e. computers. Much more than mere redistribution, bad as that might be, was implied by that prophecy. It also clearly meant surveillance.
On the secular side, George Orwell (1903-1950) led a relative short but insightful life. His landmark novel, 1984, amply and graphically described the potential horrors and desensitization of a total surveillance society where we would eventually “come to love Big Brother.” If you can no longer find that book, here is a place to read it on line for free:
The last two paragraphs of the book are the saddest part of Orwell’s prophecy. The prisoner of the system had come to love Big Brother:
The voice from the telescreen was still pouring forth its tale of prisoners and booty and slaughter, but the shouting outside had died down a little. The waiters were turning back to their work. One of them approached with the gin bottle. Winston, sitting in a blissful dream, paid no attention as his glass was filled up. He was not running or cheering any longer. He was back in the Ministry of Love, with everything forgiven, his soul white as snow. He was in the public dock, confessing everything, implicating everybody. He was walking down the white-tiled corridor, with the feeling of walking in sunlight, and an armed guard at his back. The longhoped-for bullet was entering his brain.
He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.
Well, there are serious elements out there in the “HUMINT” (Human Intelligence) community now demanding for real that “we come to love Big Brother.” They consider George Orwell a practical threat to their control freak aspirations. As they expedite their manufacture of drones and other surveillance apparatus, they plot how to “De-Orwell” the populace. Wesley K. Wark, a participant-author-professor on the subject of Intelligence has overseen the collection of essays by fellow spies and wannabes on the subject. The intelligence network is an international one with USA, Brits, Canadians, and even Russians now collaborating on how to flush out the rest of us who value both security and privacy. I have one of his major books in my personal library, TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY INTELLIGENCE. Individual chapter writers include besides Wark, Alan DuPont, Michael Herman, Melvin A. Goodman, Matthew M. Aid, Gregory F. Treverton, Nick Cullather, John Ferris and Ronald J. Deibert.
Wark might be the most frightening thinker of all. If his fellow collaborators agree with him, as I suspect they do, we are all in deep……….