By Bill Hull, The Bonhoeffer Project
Hard totalitarianism is easy to see. It is Soviet tanks rolling through your streets. It is the secret police in the former East Germany bugging your home, following you, arresting you, torturing you, and imprisoning you with a show trial or no trial. Soft totalitarianism, thanks to advances in technology, is coming to us via the surveillance culture. It is sort of a cross between Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World. In 1984, there was a telescreen in your home that could monitor your life 24/7. Winston Smith, the central character often retreated to a small corner of his apartment where the camera could not see. There he could engage in a very subversive activity, reading. They not only wanted to dictate what you read and said, but ultimately what you thought. In Huxley’s Brave New World, no one cared to read because they had substituted pleasure and comfort for thinking. They, as Neil Postman wrote in the 1980s, were amusing themselves to death.
Categories: Political Correctness/Totalitarian Humanism