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I relay this information to help you set the stage for what ever "particular phase of meaning you select" that can be construed as listed below. So according to this info, to better help you understand the relationship you may be in with your company, your government, or organization to which you appeal too, for freedom and rights within society.

Identification then, is the first phase in recognizing a countering that has to go on in face of this infringement on the basis of rights and freedoms.

When we recognize the close cognitive relationship one pegs toward that identification of meaning, it helps one to begin to form "an opinion" and a search for maintaining, a just and free environment. It empowers an individual to counter the Oligarchical governance (while political by reference it seeks to define)realized as one the oppressor likes you to believe is right. Right in terms of the prosperity it seeks under the same belief of goals projected toward rights of capitalism. Toward this end, to subordinate all factors(including you) as instruments of this progression for profit?

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Orwell's press card portrait, taken in 1933

Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950),[1] better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist and journalist. His work is marked by a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense, revolutionary opposition to totalitarianism, his passion for clarity in language and a belief in democratic socialism.[2]

Considered perhaps the 20th century's best chronicler of English culture,[3] he wrote literary criticism and poetry, as well as fiction and polemical journalism. He is best known for the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (written 1948, published 1949) and for the satirical novella Animal Farm (1945). His Homage to Catalonia (1938), an account of his experiences and observations in the Spanish Civil War, and his numerous essays are widely acclaimed. Orwell's influence on culture popular and political continues, several of his coinages and literary concepts, as well as the term Orwellian, having entered the vernacular.

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The adjective Orwellian describes the situation, idea, or societal condition that George Orwell identified as being destructive to the welfare of a free society. It connotes an attitude and a policy of control by propaganda, surveillance, misinformation, denial of truth, and manipulation of the past, including the "unperson" — a person whose past existence is expunged from the public record and memory, practiced by modern repressive governments. Often, this includes the circumstances depicted in his novels, particularly Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Orwell's ideas about personal freedom and state authority developed when he was a British colonial administrator in Burma. He was fascinated by the effect of colonialism on the individual person, requiring acceptance of the idea that the colonialist oppressor exists only for the good of the oppressed person and people.

There has also been a great deal of discourse on the possibility that Orwell galvanized his ideas of oppression during his experience, and his subsequent writings in the English press, in Spain. Orwell was a member of the POUM militia and suffered suppression and escaped arrest by the Comintern faction working within the Republican Government. Following his escape he made a strong case for defending the Spanish revolution from the Communists there, and the mis-information in the press at home. During this period he formed strong ideas about the reportage of events, and their context in his own ideas of imperialism and democracy. In 1940 he engaged himself in the practise of supporting mis-information for a revolutionary purpose with the Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius. A counter-point to his previous work, immediately after his return from Spain, Homage to Catalonia. Homage was elementary in Orwell's definition of the process of truth-power connection and its relevance to ideas of freedom versus authority, whereas Lion & Unicorn was a formative piece of 'propaganda'. The narrative of the two is one that informed Orwell's later works such as 1984 and Animal Farm.

 

Meanings

The adjective Orwellian refers to these behaviours of State and The Party, especially when the Party is the State:

  • The political manipulation of language, by obfuscation, e.g. WAR IS PEACE. Using language to obfuscate meaning or to reduce and eliminate ideas and their meanings that are deemed dangerous to its authority.
  • Invasion of personal privacy, either directly physically or indirectly by surveillance.
  • State control of its citizens' daily life, as in a "Big Brother" society.
  • Official encouragement of policies contributing to the socio-economic disintegration of the family.
  • The substitution of traditional religion[citation needed] with the adoration of state leaders and their Party.
  • The encouragement of "doublethink," whereby the population must learn to embrace inconsistent concepts without dissent, e.g. giving up liberty for freedom. Similar terms used, are "doublespeak", and "newspeak"
  • The revision of history in the favour of the State's interpretation of it.
  • A (generally) dystopian future.

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Invasion of personal privacy, either directly physically or indirectly by surveillance.

 


A 'nest' of surveillance cameras at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts

Surveillance (pronounced /sərˈveɪ.əns/ or /sərˈveɪləns/[1]) is the monitoring of the behavior, activities, or other changing information, usually of people and often in a surreptitious manner. It most usually refers to observation of individuals or groups by government organizations, but disease surveillance, for example, is monitoring the progress of a disease in a community.

The word surveillance comes from the French word for "watching over".

The word surveillance may be applied to observation from a distance by means of electronic equipment (such as CCTV cameras), or interception of electronically transmitted information (such as Internet traffic or phone calls). It may also refer to simple, relatively no- or low-technology methods such as human intelligence agents and postal interception.

Surveillance is very useful to governments and law enforcement to maintain social control, recognize and monitor threats, and prevent/investigate criminal activity. With the advent of programs such as the Total Information Awareness program and ADVISE, technologies such as high speed surveillance computers and biometrics software, and laws such as the Communications Assistance For Law Enforcement Act, governments now possess an unprecedented ability to monitor the activities of their subjects.[2]

However, many civil rights and privacy groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation and ACLU have expressed concern that by allowing continual increases in government surveillance of citizens that we will end up in a mass surveillance society, with extremely limited, or non-existent political and/or personal freedoms. Fears such as this have lead to numerous lawsuits such as Hepting v. AT&T.[2][3]

“Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianis"

Surveillance yesterday and today

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Monitoring and surveillance of employees and customers by big business is now commonplace.

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Money Programme presenter Max Flint with the Personal Shopping Assistant computer, as used by customers at the Metro Future Store in Rheinberg, Germany Some German shoppers already have their purchases tracked

It's increasingly a feature of our daily lives, because businesses have found that it makes good business sense. But is corporate snooping out of control?

In Britain, we are all familiar with the CCTV cameras that have sprung up across our city centres and transport networks.

We generally accept that they are there to counter crime and help monitor traffic flows on our busy roads.

But how many of us realise that when we travel about, each of us is captured, on average, 300 times a day on CCTV, and should we be concerned?

Of course, if we look up, we can see the CCTV cameras. We know they're there.

But are they just the visible tip of a much larger and more deep-rooted surveillance society?

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Official seal of the Information Awareness Office -- a U.S. agency which developed technologies for mass surveillance

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Managed democracy is truncated democracy. It is democracy that has suffered cutbacks.

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State control of its citizens' daily life, as in a "Big Brother" society.

Democracy Incorporated

 

By Sheldon S. Wolin

 

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The main social sectors promoting and reinforcing this modern Shangri-La are corporate power, which is in charge of managed democracy, and the military-industrial complex, which is in charge of Superpower. The main objectives of managed democracy are to increase the profits of large corporations, dismantle the institutions of social democracy (Social Security, unions, welfare, public health services, public housing and so forth), and roll back the social and political ideals of the New Deal. Its primary tool is privatization. Managed democracy aims at the “selective abdication of governmental responsibility for the well-being of the citizenry” under cover of improving “efficiency” and cost-cutting.

Wolin argues, “The privatization of public services and functions manifests the steady evolution of corporate power into a political form, into an integral, even dominant partner with the state. It marks the transformation of American politics and its political culture from a system in which democratic practices and values were, if not defining, at least major contributing elements, to one where the remaining democratic elements of the state and its populist programs are being systematically dismantled.” This campaign has largely succeeded. “Democracy represented a challenge to the status quo, today it has become adjusted to the status quo.”

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N.Beltov wrote:

Managed democracy is truncated democracy. It is democracy that has suffered cutbacks.

Is this a form of an excuse for what it now is?  Truncated, is a interesting choice of words.

 

-State control of its citizens' daily life, as in a "Big Brother" society.

Authoritarianism

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It is a political system controlled by typically non-elected rulers who usually permit some degree of individual freedom

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There's a great deal of overly abstract "talk" about democracy in our society anyway. We have, with the "War on Terror" for example, a conflict with ... an abstract noun. This sort of talk actually muddies the waters and confuses people. And that seems to be one of the functions of such blather.

Truncated is a term we used to use in mathematics and computer science to indicate a number whose figures had been chopped off. We distinguished it from "rounding" which was a better mathematical technique. I suppose it's a kind of mathematical criticism of clumsy computer based operations.

Anyway, I was simply trying to use these words in a new way to draw attention to the harm being done to our already truncated democracy. Yes?

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N.Beltov wrote:

There's a great deal of overly abstract "talk" about democracy in our society anyway. We have, with the "War on Terror" for example, a conflict with ... an abstract noun. This sort of talk actually muddies the waters and confuses people. And that seems to be one of the functions of such blather.

It occurred to me that one could find them self in a situation where rationalization could be interpreted as,  an activist approach to some "left sounding agenda" when it was really about the question of that particular situation, while saying, "one's right and freedoms," not as a sign of some kooky identifying factor,  but more of,  what "is" a sign of the times.

Some people while asleep, cannot fathom that such a corporate strategy could exist. Concessionary bargaining, about BREAKING DOWN RESISTANCE, more then a negotiated process?

It was really then about defining a realistic perception about the reality of, and how one can combat it. So you look for appropriate actions to offer resistance too.

ORWELLIAN wrote:
The encouragement of "doublethink," whereby the population must learn to embrace inconsistent concepts without dissent, e.g. giving up liberty for freedom. Similar terms used, are "doublespeak", and "newspeak"

N.Beltov wrote:
Truncated is a term we used to use in mathematics and computer science to indicate a number whose figures had been chopped off. We distinguished it from "rounding" which was a better mathematical technique. I suppose it's a kind of mathematical criticism of clumsy computer based operations.

For me, this seem appealing in the sense that we recognize the elemental consideration of the structure, and that a geometry adjustment would appeal to a different allotrope of Carbon.:)

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The crystalline state is the simplest known example of a quantum , a stable state of matter whose generic low-energy properties are determined by a higher organizing principle and nothing else. Robert Laughlin

 

  • Truncation - In geometry, a truncation is an operation in any dimension that cuts polytope vertices, creating a new facet in place of each vertex.

N.Beltov wrote:
Anyway, I was simply trying to use these words in a new way to draw attention to the harm being done to our already truncated democracy. Yes?

Yes, your right.

Fidel

[url=http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/001555.html]Big brother surveillance devices in your clothes, your furniture, your dishwasher, just name it[/url] Coming soon

[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trusted_Platform_Module]TPM chips in your PC, your PDA, your cellphone etc[/url] Is this the beginning of a futuristic police state?

[url=http://coat.ncf.ca/ARMX/cansec/Calian.htm]Democracy under attack at home and abroad[/url] Richard Saunders

[url=http://www.theobserver.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1680060]Moon the balloon[/url] Evil eye in the sky watching Canadians and other undesirables. They want our energy and resources to flow freely across the border, but the rest of us will require the equivalent of barcodes tattood to our foreheads before they'll let us in. Ultra paranoid police state coming soon, or was the national security state already in existence by 1947?

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Orwellian wrote:

A (generally) dystopian future.

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A dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος, alternatively, cacotopia,[1] kakotopia, cackotopia, or anti-utopia) is the vision of a society in which conditions of life are miserable and characterized by poverty, oppression, war, violence, disease, pollution, nuclear fallout and/or the abridgement of human rights, resulting in widespread unhappiness, suffering, and other kinds of pain.[2]

So here's the thing, one can have a perception about the current state of the way society appears to them. One might think a better suited proposition for the future of, a view,  that if we impose these conditions, this will have an effect on society in this way.

So this is not some superiority egoistically individually drafted geometer recognized move to reality but one of a complex effort of seeing organization on a activist level from some 10th floor building. As if, twittering our street people down below.

It is, as if looking at "the terrain of society" and saying, how such impositions can be placed, while we are being involved at the street level, but  just did not really ever know the bigger picture. Did not know what the future would look like.

This an effective reposition of the changes in society historically that lead Roman armies to implement infrastructure and organization to how it fought once as sheepherders How they looked at the terrain, who then went on and fought the ocean wayfarers that like to hug the coastlines for fear of being consumed.

So what are some of the things taking place that you did not know about? That you were not happy with. Let's say in regard to the economic realization of efforts to provide new incentive for economical correction. Thinking,  in idealized way, that a new order might be introduced.

Who's introducing it? What is their agenda?

The Economic Crisis and its Implications for The Science of Economics

Earlier in the year I provide this thread inquiry to draw attention to the possibility of how one may reorganize "at a mathematical level" to have it transpose itself into a idealized production manifested as a "cultural and society interaction." Some reacted to it, as I did to the economic situation, but this is a case in point about awareness of changes that can take place in society, while we were not aware of it, or how such proposals can affect the outcome in our everyday dealings, as if working at the street level(sheep).

I have other links that I will be providing that will cause some reaction, and it is for you to decide how these things will shape in your view or can affect the outcome of our futures.

What you want in a society that respects the right and freedoms of all it's citizens.

MegB

George Orwell wrote about what he experienced, extrapolating from his experience with government and power politics to create the fictional societies and systems depicted in 1984 and Animal Farm.  Issues of privacy, private vs. public control of the individual - these are problems that have always been prevalent in human society.  Technology has allowed a more overt invasion of what we assume to be our privacy, but that need to control and manipulate the individual has always been apparent. 

I find it helpful to always assume that the only private space I have is between my ears.  All else is readily available to any individual or organization that chooses to gather that superfluous information.

Fidel

Rebecca West wrote:
I find it helpful to always assume that the only private space I have is between my ears.  All else is readily available to any individual or organization that chooses to gather that superfluous information.

For now, Rebecca, for now. There are people saying that technological singularity is coming. Big brother wants to dominate not only our space but outer and inner space as well. DNA computers capable of billions of calculations per second are a few years old now. And they can fit a trillion of those in a test tube. Apparently the world is about to become even smaller.

MegB

Well, Fidel, if that happens I will be at the forefront of dissent.  However, while I remain vigilant, I will not live my life according to what I fear may be to come.  I would suggest others do the same.

Fidel

Rebecca West wrote:

Well, Fidel, if that happens I will be at the forefront of dissent.  However, while I remain vigilant, I will not live my life according to what I fear may be to come.  I would suggest others do the same.

Exactly. remain vigilant. I think that the struggle for democracy will be so much more complex for the next generation. There will be wonderful advances in science and technology,  and medicine. And I think that it will have real impact on medicare and the principle of universality. The next generation will have to continue the fight for social democracy.

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Waterloo Institute for Complexity & Innovation (WICI)

Waterloo Institute for Complexity & Innovation (WICI)

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Rebecca West wrote:
Technology has allowed a more overt invasion of what we assume to be our privacy, but that need to control and manipulate the individual has always been apparent.

 

There is no doubt here, but as Fidel points out, it s a new generation that will be taking part in what is being planned now.

You have to understand that the workplace environment is not just the place you work, but there is an world inside of the place you work that is being controlled as to what union executives are being pigeon holed too,  that the work of taking care of their organizations means to keep connection through those intranets to the outside world and within it.

How shall you challenge a "closed shop to a organization"  that has been granted the rights to allow workers information that is union material as to their rights as members of that organization within that work force?

I assure you that reactionary modes are indeed anger fear, aggressive passiveness, to the helplessness a new order in technology produces. So while we contend with that space between our ears there is a whole host of thinking that goes on that can ask one to respond to the opinions they are forming. How they shall respond critically to the nature of the times.

Best,

NDPP

re: proposed Combating Terrorism Act

Anti-Terror Act Crosses Line, Warns Former Spymaster

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Anti+terror+crosses+line+warns+former+...

"Preventitive arrest', would allow individuals to be arrested without warrants in the belief that the arrest will disrupt terrorist activity...Those arrested need not have committed any crime and can be detained up to 72 hours...The other power, investigative judicial hearings, would allow police and prosecutors to bring a person before a court and compel them to disclose information...judges could also order the hearings to be held in secret, a move critics likened to a Star Chamber.."

Fidel

Al-CIA'da, the unseen enemy. We're just not safe anymore.

NDPP

Cyberwar and Repression: Corporatist Synergy Made in Hell

http://antifascist-calling.blogspot.com/2010/04/cyberwar-and-repression-...

"The problem with a line of reasoning that US efforts are primarily concerned with defending Pentagon networks reveals a glaring fact (largely omitted from media accounts) that it is not a motley crew of hackers, cyber criminals or 'rogue states' that are setting up a formidable infrastructure for launching high-tech war crimes..

Pentagon planners aver that CYBERCOM 'will direct the operation and defense of DOD's information networks, and will prepare to, and when directed, conduct full spectrum cyberspace military operations.

Cyber is a war-fighting domain..