The Importance of Historical and Global Awareness: My Brief Thoughts on 1984

Inspired by Dota’s old post on 1984, I recently finished reading George Orwell’s dystopian novel. This won’t be an extensive review, as he already covered the book’s most pertinent points; I will likewise presume that readers are already familiar with the main plot, so I won’t provide much context.

(in other words, Spoiler Alert!)

While Dota highlighted several relevant themes from the book, one particular chapter deeply resonated with me. During the part where Winston Smith was reading a chapter of “the book” written by dissident rebel Emmanuel Goldstein (or O’Brien, depending on your point of view), a brief passage warrants quotation (emphasis mine):

“The alteration of the past is necessary for two reasons, one of which is subsidiary and, so to speak, precautionary. The subsidiary reason is that the Party member, like the proletarian, tolerates present-day conditions partly because he has no standards of comparison. He must be cut off from the past, just as he must be cut off from foreign countries, because it is necessary for him to believe that he is better off than his ancestors and that the average level of material comfort is constantly rising.”

That got me thinking about why modern white Americans tolerate so much rotten behavior from their depraved overlords. After reading 1984, I’ve come to conclude that many whites simply don’t have any standards of comparison; at best, their understanding of the non-American world is very shallow and clouded by blind American exceptionalism. This is what allows them to harbor so many delusions.

One could even make the case that most white Americans have mastered the art of “doublethink.” Despite proclaiming themselves to be “free” and “independent,” the truth belies such chest-thumping. Americans toil at jobs they hate, where they work longer hours and enjoy fewer days of vacation than citizens in every other developed country; and for all their efforts, most live paycheck-to-paycheck. While fancying themselves rugged individualists, countless Americans binge on credit and resign themselves to a quagmire of debt just to purchase the same consumer goods as everyone else. Those who produce said consumer goods – our current corporate oligarchs – frequently extol the virtues of hard work and competition. Never mind the countless government subsidies that they happily accept or even lobby for; never mind the frequent formation of monopolies in order to stifle competition.

I suspect that such contradictions and cognitive dissonance are the real culprits behind white America’s apathy. Many white Americans simply don’t know that there are alternatives to the current malaise of the US. They don’t recognize that countries such as Germany – its current lunacy notwithstanding – can enjoy the fruits of high productivity and competitiveness while not treating their workers like serfs. Deprived of such vital global knowledge, many Americans simply resign themselves to our current Gilded Age – all while putting on a big fake smile.

On a more cultural level, white Americans probably endorse (or at least accept) multiculturalism because they don’t recognize that neo-nazi extremism or bleeding heart humanism aren’t the only options. They aren’t cognizant of the kind of healthy nationalism that’s practiced by nations such as Japan. Whites recoil from nationalistic sentiments because they’re unaware that most groups around the world put self-interest first, and that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

I’m certainly not suggesting that our elites conspire to keep Americans ignorant about the world; imperial hubris probably has more to do with America’s collective blindness. However, I also don’t think it’s entirely coincidental that Americans are so globally and historically illiterate. After all, people who are blind to the existence of greener grass are more inclined to put up with their decaying brown lawns.

In conclusion, studying history and global events is vital because it allows us to resist plutocratic, anti-white American propaganda. At least for me personally, my knowledge of world history and current events has strengthened my alt right convictions. I now know that far from being extreme, my views are more sane than those espoused by mainstream Americans. I also know that nothing about the American experiment is natural or inevitable; with time and persistence, it can be challenged.

Therefore, I exhort you to defy our current Inner Party by becoming a true citizen of the world.

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7 Responses to The Importance of Historical and Global Awareness: My Brief Thoughts on 1984

  1. Beatrix says:

    “Americans toil at jobs they hate, where they work longer hours and enjoy fewer days of vacation than citizens in every other developed country; and for all their efforts, most live paycheck-to-paycheck.”
    This right here.
    I tried explaining this to my Indian husband 12 yrs ago. Most Americans are 1-2 paychecks away from bankruptcy & or that paycheck is spent before they get it.
    He didn’t believe me until he visited the US in 2008 & saw all the foreclosure signs, bankruptcy closures, all the crap A’murrikans took to the pawn shop for pennies, & whatever those places are called where you can borrow $ against the pink slip of your car at outrageous interest fees.

    • Bay Area Guy says:

      I also once read somewhere that the majority of American households couldn’t even afford a sudden $400 fee.

      It just amazes me how so many Americans arrogantly insist that they’re much more free than people around the world. Compared to citizens in every 1st world country, Americans are overworked, miserable, have shitty healthcare, and are plagued by economic instability. The US really is the 3rd world of the 1st world.

      I guess being a wage slave who’s only a paycheck away from poverty – in a country where most employment is at-will and employers hold all the cards – is “freedom.”

      The one thing I will say is that if you’re a talented, driven entrepreneurial type with luck on your side, then America is heaven. However, the bootstrap myth notwithstanding, most people cannot become rich and “self-made.”

      As Robert Lindsay once put it, it’s like having 100 people run a race and telling them that they all must finish in the top 10.

      • Beatrix says:

        “The one thing I will say is that if you’re a talented, driven entrepreneurial type with luck on your side, then America is heaven.”
        Yes & no.
        In addition to luck I would add good health.
        If you do have the misfortune to become ill & are not obscenely wealthy, make sure your illness is an inexpensive, short term, or an easily managed one.
        Even with Obamacare’s health insurance reforms, if you have an illness that becomes ‘too expensive’ to treat then the US has no use for you.
        Unless you’ve already amassed a huge fortune to spend before your expensive illness develops (so you can pay for your own treatment/management until death) be prepared at some point to-
        1) Be dumped by your private health insurance co., to which you’ve probably paid outrageous premiums for years.
        2) Then be put on some state/federal financed healthcare program (MedicAid in most states, MediCal in California, or Medicare depending on your age & type of illness, possibly the VA if you’re a veteran) & have to do what is called a ‘spend down’ if you have any financial assets.
        3) When you’ve exhausted all treatments & benefits of your state/federal healthcare program & wiped out all your assets just trying to get by- it’s ‘poverty level’ living for you- that is if you have the even graver misfortune of living through all the above mentioned ‘treatments.’

        Interesting tidbits-
        You would be amazed how many Americans I meet going abroad for expensive procedures- many of them not even FDA approved yet. We’re talking like $75,000-100,000 CASH for just the procedure- not the aftercare, not the meds, not the flight & hotel- just the procedure. We’re not talking ‘cosmetic’ surgeries either.
        Now if anything goes wrong, or you suffer any ‘complications’ undergoing this treatment abroad – you better have lots of $ to pay for that too. If you suffer any complications from having any procedure abroad that your US health insurance did not pay for – don’t expect your US private health ins. co to pay for the aftermath of that either.
        Additionally, if you have health insurance & they find out you’ve had any of these non FDA approved procedures – prepare to have your private US health insurance cancelled.
        Whew! That was a rant!

  2. Beatrix says:

    Another rant from Beatrix.
    “It just amazes me how so many Americans arrogantly insist that they’re much more free than people around the world.”
    Damned straight.
    I know plenty of those Americans who so proudly declare their freedom also regularly incur bankruptcies every 4-7 yrs or so. It’s become a ‘lifestyle’ for not only young Americans like yourself but my generation (now in their 50’s) & my older sister & brother’s in their 60’s. Oh sure they’ll try to blame the bankruptcy on a ‘medical emergency’, a lawsuit, or somehow the credit card did some fantastical ‘evil’ thing.
    No.
    One bankruptcy is a mistake or catastrophe.
    Two bankruptcies PERHAPS some catastrophe.
    Multiple bankruptcies at regular intervals – THAT IS A LIFESTYLE CHOICE.

    (It’s boring here.
    There’s a ‘blockade’ at the border crossings between Nepal & India so no petrol, cooking, gas, diesel, kerosene & other goodies can cross into Nepal. The Nepalis are blaming India for not sending fuel & stuff, India says the Nepali Madeshis along the border are attacking the truckers bringing goods to Nepal. The Madeshis (various tribals) along the southern border have been protesting violently against Nepal’s new constitution for months now as it separates the country into 7 regions that split up the Madeshi community depriving them of their ‘vote bank’ & voice in Nepali politics.
    Truth be told, no one knows what the Hell is going on at the border- trucks just aren’t coming through for whatever reason.
    The Indian TV channels were blocked for about a week.
    There’s no traffic except for bicycles & porters on foot.
    Between the earthquakes & this blockade rubbish very few tourists have come to Nepal this season. We had one British group of 24 people come since the tourist season started Oct 1st.
    Food & fuel prices are soaring. But Nepalis are having their festivals anyway while their meager tourist based economy goes kaput.
    The intractable stupidity of people always surprises me- Why?)

    • Bay Area Guy says:

      I think the real problem is that Americans are obsessed with status; that’s why they’re willing to get into debt and max out credit cards just to purchase some flashy crap.

      As Dave Ramsey put it, “we buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.”

      • Beatrix says:

        “As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.”
        Noam Chomsky

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