Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Orwell for all times

It would be easy to write about "1984" or "Animal farm". Instead I offer one of Orwell's critical essays dated from August 1941 about H.G. Wells(hat tip:Brussels journal). The large part of it is valid today as it was 67 years ago:

What has Wells to set against the ‘screaming little defective in Berlin’? The usual rigmarole about a World State, plus the Sankey Declaration, which is an attempted definition of fundamental human rights, of anti-totalitarian tendency. Except that he is now especially concerned with federal world control of air power, it is the same gospel as he has been preaching almost without interruption for the past forty years, always with an air of angry surprise at the human beings who can fail to grasp anything so obvious.

It's the same with the globalist and universalist pundits of today. Why secure borders when we'll have a globalist democratic world? Why fight for territory when we will have transnational unions where everything will flow freely? Even the self-righteous anger directed at anyone opposing this view is easily identified.

Before you can even talk of world reconstruction, or even of peace, you have got to eliminate Hitler, which means bringing into being a dynamic not necessarily the same as that of the Nazis, but probably quite as unacceptable to ‘enlightened’ and hedonistic people. What has kept England on its feet during the past year? In part, no doubt, some vague idea about a better future, but chiefly the atavistic emotion of patriotism, the ingrained feeling of the English-speaking peoples that they are superior to foreigners. For the last twenty years the main object of English left-wing intellectuals has been to break this feeling down, and if they had succeeded, we might be watching the S.S. men patrolling the London streets at this moment. Similarly, why are the Russians fighting like tigers against the German invasion? In part, perhaps, for some half-remembered ideal of Utopian Socialism, but chiefly in defence of Holy Russia (the ‘sacred soil of the Fatherland’, etc. etc.), which Stalin has revived in an only slightly altered from. The energy that actually shapes the world springs from emotions — racial pride, leader-worship, religious belief, love of war — which liberal intellectuals mechanically write off as anachronisms, and which they have usually destroyed so completely in themselves as to have lost all power of action.

For decades patriotic feelings were being systematically supressed by liberal globalist intellectuals and in many countries, Serbia being among them, the consequences are devastating. Young people without a sense of purpose and direction, breakdown of family and morality, cultural decline, lawlessness cities and lands being taken over by foreigners.

In this part Orwell also refutes in advance the historical revisionism on World War Two being a fight for "universal values" and a "united Europe". Nonsense. Anti-nazi coalition was formed by countries and peoples who were fighting for the preservation of their nationhood from a monstrous ideology that sought to subjugate and destroy them.

Orwell continues:

...unfortunately the equation of science with common sense does not really hold good. The aeroplane, which was looked forward to as a civilising influence but in practice has hardly been used except for dropping bombs, is the symbol of that fact. Modern Germany is far more scientific than England, and far more barbarous. Much of what Wells has imagined and worked for is physically there in Nazi Germany. The order, the planning, the State encouragement of science, the steel, the concrete, the aeroplanes, are all there, but all in the service of ideas appropriate to the Stone Age. Science is fighting on the side of superstition.

Science without morality leads to dehumanization and evil. Huxley covered it well in the "Brave new world" and history has seen it in practice with the "works" of Dr. Mengele. But that sure does not stop the liberal globalists of yelling "Science, progress, reason..."

There is so much more in this essay, be sure to read it all. You won't regret it.

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