A  quote from George Orwell’s 1984.

And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed – if all records told the same tale – then the lie passed into history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. “Reality control,” they called it: in Newspeak, “doublethink.”

This caused me to think of “Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in a Democratic Society” by Chomsky. Link to Chomsky’s  speech in Washington*1, in 1989. on C-Span, or the audio files on Archive.org.

I cannot help but wonder if the march on Washington (1/22/2017) will be spoken of as a “crisis of democracy”. It fascinates me that it took 1 woman’s Facebook post to ignite a demonstration that represented diverse issues and populations. On one hand, its title “Women’s March”  minimized the scope of issues. On the other, it gives me a snarky sense of pride. Either way, I was motivated to revisit some voices from the past and have a sing along. “…but breezes aren’t the only things that blow in El Salvador…” Thank you, Noel Paul Stookey.


*1 -fast forward to mark 2:30:00 to avoid the video glitch and begin the program.


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