The piece below is from the D.i.Y. CULTURE#9 COVID-19(84) – Dystopian Visions edition
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by Paul Cudenec, anarchist & writer
“George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four merits regular re-reading and every time I do so, my eyes are opened to a new level of this extraordinarily prophetic warning.
During the torture session towards the end of the book, O’Brien asks Winston Smith why he thinks the Big Brother regime wants power. Smith starts by telling O’Brien the lie he thinks his torturer wants to hear, that the Party is ruling people for their own good because “you believe that human beings are not fit to govern themselves”. He receives a hefty electric shock for this mistake and O’Brien puts him straight, explaining: “The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power”. He adds: “We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end… The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power”.
For centuries now, the ruling class have been stealing everything from us. They have thrown us off our land, destroyed our communities and our cultures, deprived us of our precious days of living by forcing us to work for their fake money just to survive. They have stolen our very sense of who we are, our connection to nature, to each other, to our own bodies.”
Full article here: https://network23.org/paulcudenec/2020/05/21/money-lies-and-power/