The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Capitalism

Talking about George Orwell's 1984, and the book within the book, is always interesting. But this semester the discussion took some turns that seem to me worth sharing. The book by Emmanuel Goldstein, The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism, is an intentional parody of Marx and Engels' Communist Manifesto. It represents a plan to [Read More...]

Teach the Doublethink Controversy

On my post about the Orwellian character of young-earth creationism, a commenter pointed out that a popular t-shirt series which deals with young-earth creationism also has one for doublethink:     [Read more...]

James McGrath, Star Trek Actor

Yesterday I started discussing George Orwell’s 1984 in my First Year Seminar class. To illustrate the way information about us is less than private in our time, I had them Google themselves, and also me if they wished to. One student found this: Apparently that James McGrath is J. J. Abrams’ father-in-law. It isn’t me. But I still [Read More...]

We Have Always Been At War With Science

For some reason, coming across an echo of George Orwell’s 1984, I found myself thinking about how it is paralleled in the revisionist history that has claimed that religion and science have always been at war. [Read more...]

Ignorance is Strength

I was struck today, rereading George Orwell’s 1984, at how easily one can substitute Christian terminology into a particular passage, which is from the book within the book, Emmanuel Goldstein’s The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism. Let me show you what I mean: Christian society rests ultimately on the belief that God is omnipotent and that [Read More...]


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