1984 Revisited
And Last Black Friday

To be candid with you, I have been into George Orwell for decades ago. Over the years, I read 1984, Animal Farm, Burmese Days, Shooting Elephants, etc. George Orwell’s mindset was the antipathy of Rudyard Kipling’s mentality. While they were both British writers and spent time in Burma, that is the only similarity. Kipling was a racist. In today’s world, Kipling’s writings were a precursor to white supremacy.

George Orwell, aka Eric Blair

Orwell was born four decades after Kipling’s birth. Orwell spent five years in the Imperial Police Force in Burma. His tenure in that country was transformative for him, and it was for me also. Orwell, unlike Kipling, understood that the British had mistreated of Burmese.

Orwell wrote a great deal about the British haughty attitude toward anyone who wasn’t white and wasn’t moneyed. This certainly applied to those in both in Burma and Britain.

It is not possible for any thinking person to live in such a society as our own without wanting to change it. For perhaps ten years past I have had some grasp of the real nature of capitalist society. I have seen British imperialism at work in Burma, and I have seen something of the effects of poverty and unemployment in Britain. In so far as I have struggle against the system, it has been mainly by writing books which I hoped would influence the reading public. I shall continue to do that, of course, but at a moment like the present writing books is not enough. The tempo of events is quickening; the dangers which once seemed a generation distant are staring us in the face.

Much of his writings addressed the disconnect between the white wealthy class and everyone else. In 1984, Orwell addressed the idea of dystopia. The word, dystopia, came from two ancient Greek words: δυσ, which means bad and τόπος, which means place. Dystopia was diametrically opposite of utopia. One is a bad place, and the other is a paradise.


Therefore, Orwell’s 1984 was an allegory about what could happen in the future.

It has to do with whom you ask.

Orwell wrote 1984 in 1949 about what the world would be like in three dozen years. Interestingly, if you doubled the years between the time that Orwell wrote his dystopia and the actual date of 1984, and add that to the date of 1949, you will have today. If Orwell’s predictions seemed farfetched back then, they don’t seem that way today.

A prediction

This prediction came true.

I can’t breathe.

The following is an actual video of white cop stamping on a human face. That face wasn’t white nor a wealthy person. Orwell was correct.

Then there is the issue of truth. “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” Orwell wrote about Doublethink in 1984.


Here is an example of Doublethink in 2020.

Thus spoke our Big Brother

If Donald the Dumb’s comment wasn’t adversely affecting America and the rest of the world, Trump’s sounds like a statement of a person that has some psych disorders.

Orwell’s 1984 talked about a memory hole, which was essentially a chute that went to an incinerator. The Records Department of the Ministry of Truth in 1984 rewrote the history by first incinerating it and then creating a history more to the liking of Big Brother.

What is eerie is that Trump is so much like Big Brother, the main villain in 1984, I wonder what Orwell thought about why Big Brother was trying to control the masses. Why are authoritarians desirous of obtaining power? My guess is that Trump is weak and is a coward. Trump maintains that he wasn’t a chicken during the Vietnam War. He got a draft deferment due a bone spur.

This Black Friday will be the last one with Big Brother in the White House.