1984 in 2007

The piece in The Oregonian reprinted in Truthout starts with:

In “1984,” the novel that most baby boomers read in high school, George Orwell creates a theoretical modern-day government with absolute power – a state in which government, called the Party, monitors and controls every aspect of human life to the extent that even having a disloyal thought is against the law.

It ends with:

Al-Qaeda hates Americans of all creeds and races and will do whatever it can to destroy us and our way of life. James Madison warned, “If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” With the mightiest military and strongest technology on Earth, democracy can stand up to terrorism without becoming the mirror of our enemies.

In between is a documentation of just how bad things are.
It’s happening here, folks. Big Brother Bush and all the rest of it.
It’s gotten to the point where AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo et al have been preventing the delivery of information from Truthout
This is what Truthout reported in the document linked to above:

It is becoming increasingly apparent that the Free Email Services – all of them – are a morass. You are a commodity to these administrators and as far as they are concerned your rights are your problem, not theirs. If you are serious abut receiving TO, or any other content they are not supportive of, you are pretty much on your own. Bluntly stated: AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo and all of the domains they control restrict what you receive in your inbox. And it is at their discretion, not yours.

I know it’s been said so often that it’s not even shocking any more, but there’s a real similarity here between us and the Germans in Hitler’s Germany. Take me, for example. I see this stuff going on, but it’s all going on outside my small sphere of influence. I have not really felt the effects — on my own personal life — of this wave of fascism
The difference, of course, is that we can still speak out. Which lots of us do.
I can’t help wonder if we’re being left alone to shout into the wind because those Big Brothers can pretty much ignore our noisiness and continuing doing what they’ve been doing. Who’s to stop ’em?
I think of the citizens of Poland during World War II, who were betrayed by the Allies and left to survive the best they could. What the Poles did was form an Underground movement called “The Polish Secret State” that included both military and civilian participation.

The rationale behind the creation of the secret civilian authorities stemmed from the fact that the German and Soviet occupation of Poland was illegal. Hence all the institutions created by the occupying powers were regarded as illegal and parallel Polish underground institutions were set up following Polish law.

In a very real sense, we have an “occupying power” here in America that is destroying this country and what it has always stood for.
There’s something to be said for an Underground State, for Solidarnosc, for an organized refusal to accept fascism, injustice, and the denial of citizen rights.
It’s in my Polish blood, this refusal to submit. When the revolution comes, you know what side I’ll be on.

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