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It used to be a rebel pose to accuse the US of becoming Ingsoc.
Given the revelations of the past two years, it’s no longer a pose.
But it’s limiting as a description of post-America. What we’re really becoming is Ingsoma: Ingsoc + soma. A corrupt elite that keeps its power over a blissed out populace.
Dark Triumvir writes,
Our Bolshevik overlords are quite devoted students of Dystopia Engineering. We received a sinister blend of both Orwell and Huxley’s worst nightmares. Amused to death in private, and ruthlessly silenced in public. Porn & Scorn.
I’ve called it Corn & Porn as a modren riff on bread & circuses, but Porn & Scorn is more encompassing, capturing the true spirit(lessness) of our age: dopaminergic pacification hitched to a tyrannical sanctimony, AKA vapid virtue sniveling for the feelgoodz that requires its tribute in the livelihoods of dissidents from authorized pussyhatter opinion. Left unchecked, the tribute will eventually be extracted in blood.
The moment a dissident faction gets uppity and threatens the existing globo-order, their private porn drip and their public persecution are simultaneously increased. It’s a lethal Suppression Loop that works by stoking both fear and satiation. But some are finding avenues of liberation as well as leaders they can admire and trust (Trump), and the elite have never been more afraid than they are now.
The Neil Postman critique of 1984 and Brave New World is relevant:
What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.” In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that our fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that our desire will ruin us.
In related Ingsoma news, Amazon has gotten into the NoFap business and invented a GPS receiver that tracks its employees’ hand movements every second of the day, ostensibly to improve their
inhumanity productivity moving boxes around a colossal warehouse.
What I would really like to see: Amazon forcing Bezos Broadsheet “””reporters””” to wear a TrumpHateMeter that records the number of negative thoughts they have about Trump and Heritage America every day, and electrically zaps those with insufficient hate in their hearts. This should helpfully cull those last few employees who aren’t obsequiously loyal apparatchiks to the Globohomo Politburo.