Soooo much coded language and all of it so cleverly wrapped up in a cool little package that one knows that Trump didn’t come up with the idea. He only provides the hate and gullibility to propose it.
According to Politico – and as Urs has already reported, Trump will propose something quite unusual in his speech at CPAC today:
Trump’s plan, shared in advance with POLITICO, calls for holding a contest to design and create up to ten new “Freedom Cities,” built from the ground up on federal land. It proposes an investment in the development of vertical-takeoff-and-landing vehicles; the creation of “hives of industry” sparked by cutting off imports from China; and a population surge sparked by “baby bonuses” to encourage would-be-parents to get on with procreation. It is all, his team says, part of a larger nationwide beautification campaign meant to inspire forward-looking visions of America’s future.
Coded. Orwellian. The Minister of Truth is providing a buffet of his normal lies and remember, “Ignorance is strength.” It’s 1984, just 40 years too late (or close enough).
“Freedom cities.” Yes, “free” to be someone completely loyal to the federal government under Trump and his successors (they see fascism coming because this couldn’t work without fascism). Built from the ground up on federal land. (And walled off from the undesirable and “sick” indoctrinators!) Flying cars! (Because when one is fantasizing in coded language, go big, make it sound so cool! It’s not reality, no worries!). He will create “hives of industry” by cutting off imports from China because, if history teaches us anything, free trade leads to nothing but higher prices, walls, and war. Tariffs, isolationism, and “America First” always keep the peace and a great economy!) And bonuses for babies, socialism for all [the right people]. The “babies” is very much code, more WHITE babies because White Americans are becoming a minority. More babies is often thrown around in Right Wing gatherings now, “have more babies than you can afford.” Speaking of minorities
Time to get scared.
Trump isn’t building new cities out on federal land in southern Arizona or in southern Texas, nor in northern Utah. But he damn well might declare “freedom cities” like Chicago and use the military to enforce the law (often called martial law) in these “freedom cities,” and – remember, Orwell, the only people who will be free are the people in the “party”. But even they are not free from the party itself. It will be called the “Freedom Party” to continue our theme.
Trump is talking about walling off some Americans from others. He is talking about payments for babies birthed by people “lucky enough” to fit the new federal program! But what he’ll really do is wall off parts of Seattle, Los Angeles, New York. It actually sounds a lot like the national divorce Marj is proposing!
And that’s not all. It sounds exactly like how Putin planned on defeating the United States, dividing it from within, warring with each other, with no sense of unity to bring peace and harmony to the globe. I’ve been saying “1984,” and the analogy fits far too well.
But remember, Orwell published 1984 in 1949. He had seen how the 30s went, with fascism, tariffs, and isolationism, in Europe (and a huge movement in America), and he lived through what happened as a result. Four years later, he wrote about how it might happen next time. He figured it would likely take two generations for it to start again. He didn’t foresee the Cold War setting in and dictating the environment, nor the advent of technology and “amusement,” our sports, movies, all things distracting us… but he knew it would come around again eventually.
Trump wraps up his little speech by promising utopia… just like Big Brother would:
“But today, our country has lost its boldness. Under my leadership, we will get it back in a very big way. If you look at just three years ago, what we were doing was unthinkable, how good it was, how great it was for our country. Our objective will be a quantum leap in the American standard of living.”
I don’t recall how great it was. I recall a guy who couldn’t lead through a pandemic (And damned near died due to his mismanagement of it). I recall a guy who never could finish “infrastructure week,” and yet we’re going to rely on him to build “future cities with flying cars and a quantum leap in the standard of living? He couldn’t get the bridges repaired!
Sorry, Trump. The guy in the White House is already doing bold things, bolder than any president in… a long time. “Build Back Better” was the plan for a 21st century, maybe even one with flying cars. It is possible that you might end up in a walled-off city on federal land, though. Mixed messages in dreams?
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One question: is all this before or after he gets Mexico to pay to build a wall across our southern border? Just asking.
Utopia, where have I heard that before? Oh ya, jimmy Jones just before he killed everyone.
from previous thread:
He’s out of his mind. Those were ideas in the 20s and 30s…in science fiction.
(Think of the regulations needed for flying cars! Just the licensing stuff would prevent this from happening.)
Until you have 30-mile-wide cities packed full of 200-story buildings, there is no use for flying cars at various heights. If buildings are so high and so packed in, railways every 60 floors are the most sensible way to go… At least in my novel… with a city of 500 million, underground.in a planet far far away…
Just to be totally irrelevant and point out that while ‘1984’ was published in 1949, it was written in the previous year and Orwell simple switched the last two numbers of the date to make ‘1948’ ‘1984’. It wasn’t a forecast of what would happen by that time – simply a warning of how things could progress.
I’d actually recommend reading his ‘Homage to Catalonia’ which is based on his real life experience.
He, Christopher Hitchens, and Hemmingway make up what I think are the best modern writers.
Jung, Galileo, and St. Augustine are probably the early history “bests.” IMO
I believe Hemingway’s ‘For whom the Bell tolls’ was based on Orwell’s book about his experiences in Spain
Did you mean the St Augustine who prayed “Lord, make me pure (but not just yet)”?