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When even our Presidential contests become absorbed into the entertainment culture, and people focus on the tabloid (which we cynically refer to as a "circus") rather than trying to determine the common good; when people's votes are purchased by pecuniary interest rather than principle (and even our term for money is "bread"); then we have returned to the politics of the Roman Empire.

Whither goest, thou, Humanity?

Pope St. Pius X recognized that the growing craze he called Modernism was a significant threat to civilization. People use the term Post-modernism to describe what's happening, today. They also call it the New Age, the New World Order, and even The Age of Aquarius. In short, it's a kind of paganized and radically nominalized version of Modernism.

The language boa constrictor

You think, I dare say, that our chief job is inventing new words. But not a bit of it! We’re destroying words — scores of them, hundreds of them, every day. We’re cutting the language down to the bone. ... Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.

George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-four

Hat tip... "The Gradual Abolition of Language".

Nineteen Eightyfour: Orwell's dystopian novel and its relationship to today

When I read George Orwell's dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty Four, over 40 years ago, I hoped that knowledge of the possible abuses of government would be a sufficient warning to prevent it. I hoped that the dystopia it described would never come to birth. George Orwell was way ahead of his time, yet he had already seen the possibility of the deluded polity that would enable the creation of this system.

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