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Politician Writers Never Learn

Posted by Michael Dolan on January 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Latest example comes from liberal darling Elizabeth Warren. Interesting thought requires originality. Which Warren did not exercise in her latest New York Times op-ed, according to Ben Mathis-Lilley of Slate.   “I’m having trouble remembering anything Warren said about it because her column sounds like it was written in 10 minutes using a bag of […]

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1984 Will not End

Posted by Michael Dolan on October 24, 2015 in Uncategorized |

This essay breaks no new ground in discussing George Orwell’s novel 1984.  But it does show how the books ideas continue to maintain supremacy. Robert Hassan, Associate Professor, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, is actually reviewing the play 1984.  The play addresses the post modern surveillance state as it exists today.  Hassan […]

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Where the NSA Cannot Reach

Posted by Michael Dolan on August 4, 2013 in Uncategorized |

With the most recent revelation of massive government surveillance operations in the news because of Edward Snowden and the NSA comes renewed interest (once again) in the novel 1984.   But the book loses power if we focus only on the purely political, says Ian Crouch in a recent New Yorker Magazine (June 11, 2013). […]

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“Reality Control”

Posted by Michael Dolan on July 27, 2013 in Uncategorized |

There’s a word for societies that so easily accept Edward Snowden’s revelations about wide-spread government snooping on citizens without objecting.  It’s “Orwellian.” An excellent explanation of how it works on you by Andrea Porchedd, Italian researcher, is available online. His clear-eyed essay show how Orwell’s understanding of the novel “1984” comes from the concepts of […]

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Feeling Secure in Our New Security State?

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 22, 2013 in Uncategorized |

            Who exactly is the National Security State designed to manipulate?  NSA director Keith B. Alexander and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. testify before Congress that their activities must remain secret from the American public in order to fool the unidentified “terrorist” enemy.             Do you suppose they let it go at […]

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Now For Something Entirely Different

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 22, 2013 in Uncategorized |

George Orwell has it all wrong in his famous essay on language and power — the one that animates this blog.  His rules are hard to understand and his advice about politicians is dangerous, says author Steven Poole. “Rather than waving it away as “pure wind”, it is necessary to listen all the more closely to […]

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An Inner Demon

Posted by Michael Dolan on November 30, 2012 in Uncategorized |

Steven Pinker in his latest work — on the subject of how humanity is improving — cites our old friend George Orwell.  Psychologist Pinker speaks highly of “Politics and the English Language” in The Better Angels of Our Nature. Typically a euphemism uses a word to contrast with its actual meaning, he reports.  But he […]

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