It’s not about terrorism
It’s not about terrorism: it’s about you, me and every other American, control and conditioning. Making us take off our shoes isn’t about avoiding a shoe-bomb, it’s about conditioning the average American into absorbing any indignity because it’s at the orders of ‘authority’.
Think about this…… If 25 years ago, someone would have told you that you would have to take off your shoes and be viewed naked by airport security prior to being allowed on an airplane, would you have believed them?
If 25 years ago, someone would have told you about the vast security complex, undeclared wars, surveillance state, drones and the governments ability to murder you based only upon secret evidence that you nor anyone else on your behalf would ever be allowed to view, no charges, no trial…. nothing. Would you have believed them?
(JB is not affiliated with Du er Journalist. From comment at Salon article, The American Character)
Wikipedia on Nineteen Eighty-Four:
Nineteen Eighty-Four (first published in 1949) by George Orwell is a dystopian novel about Oceania, a society ruled by the oligarchical dictatorship of the Party. Life in the Oceanian province of Airstrip One is a world of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance, and incessant public mind control, accomplished with a political system euphemistically named English Socialism (Ingsoc), which is administered by a privileged Inner Party elite. Yet they too are subordinated to the totalitarian cult of personality of Big Brother, the deified Party leader who rules with a philosophy that decries individuality and reason as thoughtcrimes; thus the people of Oceania are subordinated to a supposed collective greater good.
As literary political fiction and as dystopian science-fiction, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic novel in content, plot, and style. Many of its terms and concepts, such as Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, and memory hole, have become contemporary vernacular since its publication in 1949. Moreover, Nineteen Eighty-Four popularised the adjective Orwellian, which refers to official deception, secret surveillance, and manipulation of the past in service to a totalitarian or manipulative political agenda.