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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 7, August 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date August 1955
Language eng
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  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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Transcript £& Book Reviews \EIM Consult your bookstore for books reviewed here—or write to publishers listed. Nineteen Eighty-Four By George Orwell Harcourt, Brace and Company 383 Madison Avenue, New York 17, N. Y.. I»«, 237 pp., S3.75 ISignet reprint, 35c). George Orwell, in on.- of those- bursts of candor for which British Socialists have become famous, projects the soeieilist trends of today into the logically advanced barbarism of '"1984." But there is no mistaking the fail that Orwell was w riling of lhe essence of srmein- tie and mental techniques which hr saw already being practiced when hi' wrote [he- hook. In fail, his original title was "19 III" subsequently changed upon the insistence of his publisher who fell thai people would not accept the thesis ECONOMIC STABILITY- ADEQUATE DEFENSE? (Continued from 1'n^e ll) to a-k. Mv friend Major de Seversky insists thai we're going about the whole thing in the wrong way. Il was his idea thai our bases eire wrong, thai the nuil- tiplicity of bases constitutes weaknesses rather than strength emd thai we should nt rate \ iiiueelK eini- whole .1.1... live effort eis well as our aggressive effort mi intercontinental aircrafl which .nr potentially inure' destructive. (Eliot) Lei me a-k you ei question. If the Se.\ iel I nion heul bases for their air force in. Iel u- -eiv. Labrador, New- I Hand. Bermuda, all thr Wesl Indies island-. Mexico, Hawaii and the Aleu- tians, would vou feel safer? I i.mus i \o. I would he scared to death, eunl I am anyway. i Eliot I Well, the Se>\ iel I nion i- surrounded in jusl aboul thai feishie.n by Vmerican and allied bases and I don't think they feel seifrr. Otherwise, they wouldn'l have lhe question of bases in every single item of their mililarv budget. (Combs) Of course, emv base costing us a half-million dollars would be vulnerable tu one atomic bomb, I take' it. Hut our theory is thai we'll hr able l.» gel our aircrafl off the ground and away from those helses in lime eil leasl lo administer a reprisal blow before they strike. (Eliot) The theory is also how many atomic bombs ami how many aircrafl te. carry them ele. they have to attack these various l.eisrs. ami how an. they going I.. distribute them and what their target priority is eunl so on. And eill eif ihis is relative. Page 42 unless it was projected into the future. Actually. Orwell wrote ee caricature of his own linn- e.f its Socialist double talk and. in ihr language of 1981. "double-think." 1984 is depressing in it- portrayal of physical brutality and depravity e.l atmosphere. One suspects that here Mr. Orwell cribbed ei hit from ihr Soviel "land of victorious Socialism." In ibis respect, the hook reads like a "horror"' story, albeit hardly worse than the actual accounts e.l many who have escaped from behind ihr Iron Curtain. INGSOC IN OCEANIA I hr despotic techniques of nazism eenel communism have simply hern eul- vanced ami extended lo control men's very thinking as well as llieir every action in Oceania, llu- scene of 1984. The system of governmenl in this society is Ingsoc, or English socialism. The language gradually being imposed upon thi- society is railed "Newspeak," the scheme bring in eliminate "thought- crime" (deviation from lhe Party line) by removing from the language all wiiials ami meanings which enable or express independent thought, ll is ei broad emd systematic plan which Orwell portrays in metlculoui detail. I., thr Miuisiry of Peace is assigned llie job of maintaining the State of per- piiual war whirh is ihe justification for the' politieal and economic controls. The Ministry of Love provides iln- various forms of "corrective" torture and brainwashing. The- Ministry uf Truth furnishes the offieial propaganda and history. History i.- constantly bring re* written ur perverted to maintain the infallibility of the part) eunl ils leader. Big Brother. Hardly a I k for a cheery evening hy lhe fire, li i~. nevertheless, our which should hr known aboul. The real significance of ihr hook lies in ihr contribution it has made in ihr language of political philosophy, for Orwell has coined nrw word- lo define Ihr corruption by inversion of lhe language of freedom. War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. This is Newspeak. Fantastic though it may be in fiction, il fails io amuse in its contemporary forms ol deliberate deception. Ihr reader ran compile hi- own dictionary. More hair-raising details need not he listed here. For eill tin- exposure of evil methods and despotic trends einel Orwell is perceptive there is no solu tion offered or implied. The characters earn one's interest hui little lasting sympathy. Apparently, Orwell concludes thai these pernicious doctrines and practices can destroy lhe spiril of mem and his intellectual integrity. If one is helpless against those influences, 1984 is unanswerable. However, if man bail not been demonstrating his individual capacity for centuries, thr conditions of /''.'.'/ might long ago have blighted the world. George Orwell m list ha \ e been shoe kid by the paths socialism followed in Germany and in Russia. Bul Orwell perhaps neglected to see freedom as a spiritual force rather than as lhe mere negative of material despotism. Even more startling than the- 1 k ilself is its author who remained a Socialist. Joan DeArmond Anthem By Ayn Rand. The Caeelon Printers, Ltd., Caldwell Idaho. 1953, 105 pp.. S3.00. If man's freedom is maintained, all else follows. I.osl with freedom is all that grows in freedom's soil. I.osl. lhe spirit ol adventure, of inspiration, "' love and gentleness. Freedom lost can he regained: il will he- remembered, • herished, struggled for. Hui whal is lefl for mankind when freedom is no longer even a concept "'' ee memory in lhe thoughts of men when ils obliteration heis been made romplete? This is mein s , \lr.niih in InllielH- \\n Hand, author of The Fountain- head, is uncompromising when '"' dividual freedom is the' issue. Freedom. lo her. is always lhe reality, awaiting1 however, obscured, the Inevitable rediscovery. Freedom is lhe keynote ol her anthem io individual man. illustrated hy in- version in the complete!) collectivized society and reaffirmed by lhe escape of one who rediscovers lhe meaning "' indi\ iilualisin. Olliei- have written seilire-s on ll"' evils ol meiss conformity, projecting despotic tre-nels lee e olisiuumelt ion '" "1984" eunl later. Bul Ira'Aem is differenl inspiringly different. Most satire* have presented the collectivized society in terms of ils physically brutal aspects- These writers have done little niu"' than parody twentieth century tyrannic"' Ayn Hand portrays the mental state lhal lies beyond the- tyranny, beyon" slavery. Gone is lhe physical brutality* the purges, and the tortures \e'l the Collective of tnthem is intellectually mull' repellent, even, than the crueU) and inhumanity thai must have g""' before. Thr stagnation has become vol' unlary. lhe- transition lo lhe peaeef"1 Collective apparent!) complete. I.osl '" all sense ol individual worth and idt'i'' lily. In lhe Collective, where' all activity FACTS FORUM NEWS, August, /■"''
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