Monday, October 20, 2008

1984 - Don't encourage them

DK is advertising a campaign to send a copy of 1984 to our elected Lords and Masters to remind them of just how atrocious a totalitarian regime actually is, and in the process hopefully get them to arrest the slide of the UK towards the nightmarish Oceania. However, whilst I have a lot of sympathy for this campaign, I cannot in good faith sign up to it. To explain, I'll use DK's words (emphasis mine):

1984 is not an instruction manual... as we all know. However, it seems that our lords and masters are unfamiliar with the book's contents—or alternatively, of course, they are very familiar and are actually using it as an instruction manual.
At the risk of sounding very, very paranoid, I kind of suspect that 1984 would open their eyes to a whole host of new shit that they can dump on the heads of the cowed, restricted and near broken British public. Put simply, I don't think they need any encouragement. Rather, I think they need something to make them more liberal, something to inspire them to be less dogmatic, illiberal and totalitarian.

I've no idea what, though, since the current crop of MPs could watch It's A Wonderful Life and turn it into some sort of dystopian nightmare. But perhaps a few copies of The Road to Serfdom or On Liberty might turn the tide. Assuming, that is, that our MPs are actually cerebral enough to be able to read a book that isn't printed on waterproof, chewable card with big letters and lots of pictures painted in primary colours.

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At 12:23 pm , Blogger James Higham said...

I don't think the expense is worth it. The reason is that they are working to an agenda and to send them this only tells them what they already know. Rather they are doing the maximum damage they can while they can.

At 4:03 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could always send them a copy of Island by Aldous Huxley instead! That was his utopian counterpart to Brave New World. However, even then, the book ends with the island being invaded by old-school militarists. Hey ho.

At 9:15 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the idea of Wonderful Life being made dystopian.

The cruelty of the George free world would be blamed upon the wicked savings and loan whilst MPs simultaneously claimed that things were really better if only those newspapers didn't keep trying to sow a moral panic.


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