CPS- Inconceivable even to Orwell
By Leonard Henderson
September 10, 2009
Lately, I have been preparing George Orwell's Animal Farm and 1984 for educational use.
I started doing this in 2001 for use in our own homeschooling efforts.
I consider several historical documents of paramount importance for American students for their American Civics education. Not only should Americans READ the historical documents, but they should UNDERSTAND what they say. Unfortunately, many of the documents are written in elaborate English, and some of the words are obscure, obsolete, or our common understanding of the definition has changed over the years.
To enhance the educational value of these documents, I have hyperlinked numerous words to Dictionary.com or to Wikipedia or other sources to help the student understand what the words, terms, or reference means.
Some of the historical documents that I have enhanced in that manner are at http://revolution2.us/content/docs/history/
But I digress from my topic.
When I attended publik skool in the 1950's and '60's (which I consider a general waste of my time, but I digress again), one of the more interesting things I did was to read George Orwell's Animal Farm (probably in junior high) and Orwell's 1984 (perhaps as a freshman).
Prior to reading those books, all of us were generally aware of the DYSTOPIA of the Soviet Union and it's satellite countries, Red China, North Korea, and others. The undesirability of living in a communist, socialist, national socialist society was well understood. Societies operating under those systems were known to be tyrannies. They still ARE tyrannies, but the awareness has dimmed. The government education system has worked exactly as designed and DUMBED AMERICA DOWN very successfully.
"Theoretically a society could be completely made over in something like 15 years, the time it takes to inculcate a new culture into a rising crop of youngsters." -- SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE TAX-EXEMPT FOUNDATIONS, 83RD CONGRESS, 1954
For instance, practically NOBODY knows what the word CAPITALISM versus the words COMMUNISM, SOCIALISM really mean.
Alas, I digress again.
After reading George Orwell's Animal Farm and 1984, I became aware of the distinct possibility that our beloved freedoms, liberty and western culture could also be pirated, sabotaged, supplanted or usurped by power-crazed people with an ulterior (and evil) motive.
"The Communist threat from without must not blind us to the Communist threat from within. The latter is reaching into the very heart of America through its espionage agents and a cunning, defiant, and lawless communist party, which is fanatically dedicated to the Marxist cause of world enslavement and destruction of the foundations of our republic."--J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI for 50 years
"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of "liberalism," they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened." He went on to say: "I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform." - Norman Thomas, perennial Presidential candidate of the U.S. Socialist Party (1944)
Certainly, observing the actions, secrecy, stonewalling, and lies of the US government during the Vietnam "Police Action" it was pretty easy to frame the US government's actions as ORWELLIAN. It was certainly obvious to me that the US government intended to blow my ass away in 'Nam for no good reason whatsoever. I did observe at the time that the only difference between war heroes and war criminals was WHO WON the war.
But I have digressed again.
The point I intended to make when I started this essay was NOT EVEN ORWELL conceived such a brutal and inhumane thing as Children's Protective Services.
Orwell did touch on the subject in Animal Farm-
"Napoleon took no interest in Snowball's committees. He said that the education of the young was more important than anything that could be done for those who were already grown up. It happened that Jessie and Bluebell had both whelped soon after the hay harvest, giving birth between them to nine sturdy puppies. As soon as they were weaned, Napoleon took them away from their mothers, saying that he would make himself responsible for their education. He took them up into a loft which could only be reached by a ladder from the harness-room, and there kept them in such seclusion that the rest of the farm soon forgot their existence." - Animal Farm, Chapter 3
Which pups reappear in Chapter 5-
"At this there was a terrible baying sound outside, and nine enormous dogs wearing brass-studded collars came bounding into the barn. They dashed straight for Snowball, who only sprang from his place just in time to escape their snapping jaws. In a moment he was out of the door and they were after him. Too amazed and frightened to speak, all the animals crowded through the door to watch the chase. Snowball was racing across the long pasture that led to the road. He was running as only a pig can run, but the dogs were close on his heels. Suddenly he slipped and it seemed certain that they had him. Then he was up again, running faster than ever, then the dogs were gaining on him again. One of them all but closed his jaws on Snowball's tail, but Snowball whisked it free just in time. Then he put on an extra spurt and, with a few inches to spare, slipped through a hole in the hedge and was seen no more.
Silent and terrified, the animals crept back into the barn. In a moment the dogs came bounding back. At first no one had been able to imagine where these creatures came from, but the problem was soon solved: they were the puppies whom Napoleon had taken away from their mothers and reared privately. Though not yet full-grown, they were huge dogs, and as fierce-looking as wolves. They kept close to Napoleon. It was noticed that they wagged their tails to him in the same way as the other dogs had been used to do to Mr. Jones." -Animal Farm, Chapter 5
But Orwell says little about child rearing in 1984 beyond the endless procreation by the proles. Of course, we can assume that the warriors for the endless wars were drawn from the proles.
Orwell did develop plots in 1984 about the kids being SPIES against their parents, and the Junior Anti-Sex League (which pretty well translates to Militant Feminism).
One day in the summer of 1999, during my highly unpleasant experience with CPS, I was being grilled and abased by mental illness clinicians Paul Spriggs-Flanders and Jane Sabin-Davis. Whatever their insane crap for that day was, it was so over-the-top that I started looking around the room with GREAT CURIOSITY just to get their attention.
They asked "What are you doing Leonard?".
I said "Is my name Winston? Am I in the Ministry of Love or something?"
They looked at me stupidly and asked what I was talking about. I asked "Didn't you read Orwell's 1984 when you were in school?"
Both of them said they had NO IDEA what I was talking about.
I said "That figures".
So I proceeded to explain to them about an Orwellian society, which made them mad. Sucks to be stupid with credentials. They were not happy to learn that they were Useful Idiots, which I profusely pointed out to them.
Even though we often use the term "Orwellian" in reference to many things going on in our society now, many (if not most) people have not read Orwell's books, and are blind to the concept of a brutal Dystopia that controls EVERYTHING, the language, and even people's minds. (Talk to your doctor about whether you need Despondex).
We certainly can see DOUBLETHINK in Political Correctness, Tolerance, Multiculturalism, and Relativism (no right, no wrong, nothing is better than something else).
Certainly, a few people were wise to Bush's "Patriot Act" being the OPPOSITE of what it sounded like. It is not lost on us that most of the new legislation coming out nowadays ALL has Orwellian names, and ALL of it is about the government usurping ever more power from the people.
I swear, it's almost like the US government is using Orwell's books as their operating manual.
'How does one man assert his power over another, Winston?'
Winston thought. 'By making him suffer,' he said.
'Exactly. By making him suffer. Obedience is not enough. Unless he is suffering, how can you be sure that he is obeying your will and not his own? Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing. - 1984, Part Three, Chapter 3
And that in a nutshell, is the mode of operation of Children's Protective Services. And governments in general. Everywhere.
I strongly implore you to read George Orwell's Animal Farm and 1984. I guarantee you will see the world differently by the time you finish them.
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