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    Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer, and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult…. All that was required of them was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working hours or shorter rations. And when they became discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontentment led nowhere, because being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty specific grievances.

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    Déjà vu Orwell's 1984

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    If there is any hope, it lies in the proles

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    If the Party could thrust its had into the past and say of this or that event, it never happened-that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture or death.

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    If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say of this or that event, it never happened—that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death?...But where did that knowledge exist? Only in his consciousness, which in any case must soon be annihilated...'Who controls the past,' ran the Party slogan,'controls the future:who controls the present controls the past.'...All that was needed was a series of victories over your own memory.

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    I'm not interested in the next generation, dear. I'm interested in us.' - Julia

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    It's intellectual freedom when a journalist can understand that 2 + 2 = 4; that's what Orwell was writing about in 1984. Everybody here applauds that book, but nobody is willing to think about what it means. What Winston Smith [the main character] was saying is, if we can still understand that 2 + 2 = 4, they haven't taken everything away. Okay? Well, in the United States, people can't even understand that 2 + 2 = 4.

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    it was an act of self-hypnosis, a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise.

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    It was not desirable that the proles should have strong political feelings. All that was required of the was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working hours or shorter rations. And even when they became discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontent led nowhere, because, being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty specific grievances. The larger evils invariably escaped their notice.

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    Los mejores libros, comprendió, son los que te cuentan lo que ya sabías

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    İktidar bir araç değil, bir amaçtır. Kimse devrimi korumak için diktatörlük kurmaz; diktatörlük kurmak için devrim yapar. Zulmün amacı zulümdür. İşkencenin amacı işkencedir. İktidarın amacı iktidardır.

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    Ništa nije tvoje vlastito osim nekoliko kubičnih centimetara u tvojoj lubanji.

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    No se van a rebelar hasta que no tengan plena consciencia de su fuerza, y no serán conscientes hasta después de haberse rebelado. Esta es la dificultad.

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    No me estoy refiriendo a la confesión. Cuando se confiesa no se traiciona. Lo que importa son los sentimientos, no lo que digas o hagas. La verdadera traición sería si me pueden obligar a dejar de amarte...

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    Nothing exists except through human consciousness

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    No van a poder crear un mundo como el que describiste. Eso es un imposible, un sueño (...) No es posible fundar una civilización sobre la crueldad, el temor y el odio. No subsistiría (...) Se desintegraría, se suicidaría. No tendría vitalidad (...) No sé, no me interesa. De una manera u otra, van a fracasar. Algo los va a derrotar. La vida los va derrotar.

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    Outside, even through the shut window-pane, the world looked cold.

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    Perhaps the Party was rotten under the surface, its cult of strenuousness and self-denial simply a sham concealing iniquity.

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    Maskinerna hjälpte kroppen med det som musklerna inte orkade med eller hann med under industrialismen. Elektroniken hjälper oss med det som hjärnan inte klarar av eller hinner med i "informationssamhället". Men en enligt många kallhamrad teknologi kommer att öka behovet av gemenskap och värme. […] Behovet av en ny kroppslig kontakt, själslig ro, mänskligt prat kommer att öka lavinartat, när vi pratar med hemdatorn istället för att gå till banken eller ringa, spelar videospel istället för att gå på rockkonsert osv.

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    Num mundo no qual todos trabalhassem pouco, tivessem o alimento necessário, vivessem numa casa com banheiro e refrigerador e possuíssem carro ou até avião, a forma mais óbvia e talvez mais importante de desigualdade já teria desaparecido. Desde o momento em que se tornasse geral, a riqueza perderia seu caráter distintivo. Claro, era possível imaginar uma sociedade na qual a riqueza, no sentido de bens e luxos pessoais, fosse distribuída equitativamente, enquanto o poder permanecia nas mãos de uma pequena casta privilegiada. Na prática, porém, uma sociedade desse tipo não poderia permanecer estável por muito tempo. Porque se lazer e segurança fossem desfrutados por todos igualmente, a grande massa de seres humanos que costuma ser embrutecida pela pobreza se alfabetizaria e aprenderia a pensar por si; e depois que isso acontecesse, mais cedo ou mais tarde essa massa se daria conta de que a minoria privilegiada não tinha função nenhuma e acabaria com ela. A longo termo, uma sociedade hierárquica só era possível num mundo de pobreza e ignorância.

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    Of course he chanted with the rest: it was impossible to do otherwise. To dissemble your feelings, to control your face, to do what everyone else was doing, was an instinctive reaction.

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    One of these days, thought Winston with sudden deep conviction, Syme will be vaporized. He is too intelligent. He sees too clearly and speaks too plainly. The Party does not like such people. One day he will disappear. It is written in his face.

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    Orwell's vision of our terrible future was that world-- the world in which books are banned or burned. Yet it is not the most terrifying world I can think of. I think instead of Huxley-- ...I think of his Brave New World. His vision was the more terrible, especially because now it appears to be rapidly coming true, whereas the world of 1984 did not. What's Huxley's horrific vision? It is a world where there is no need for books to be banned, because no one can be bothered to read one.

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    (...) ¿Pero cómo tendrás un slogan como el de "la libertad es la esclavitud" cuando no exista el concepto de libertad? Va a ser diferente todo el clima del pensamiento. Realmente, no existirá pensamiento en el sentido en que lo entendemos actualmente. El significado de la ortodoxiaes no pensar, no requerir el pensamiento. La inconsciencia es nuestra ortodoxia.

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    Quien con­tro­la el pa­sa­do —decía la con­sig­na del Par­ti­do— con­tro­la el fu­tu­ro. Quien con­tro­la el pre­sen­te con­tro­la el pa­sa­do

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    Rand, Huxley, Orwell, and Bradbury foresaw much of today’s dystopian world: its spiritual and moral emptiness, its culture of consumerism, its flat-souled Last Manishness, its debasement of language, its doublethink, its illiteracy, and its bovine tolerance of authoritarian indignities. But they did not foresee the most serious and catastrophic of today’s problems: the eminent destruction of whites, and western culture. None of them thought to deal with race at all. Why is this? Probably for the simple reason that it never occurred to any of them that whites might take slave morality so far as to actually will their own destruction. As always, the truth is stranger than fiction.

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    She had become a physical necessity, something that he not only wanted but felt he had the right to,

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    Si el Partido tenía el poder de alargar la mano hacia el pasado y asegurar que este o aquel suceso jamás ocurrió, esto resultaba mucho más aterrador que la tortura y la misma muerte (...) "El que puede controlar el pasado -rezaba el slogan del Partido-, también puede controlar el futuro. El que puede controlar el presente, controla el pasado".

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    Science fiction is always about the time it’s written in. 1984 was always about 1948. Science fiction is social fiction.

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    Su cerebro se deslizó por el mundo laberíntico del doblepensar. No saber y saber, encontrarse consciente de lo que es en realidad verdad mientras se dicen mentiras elaboradas con mucho cuidado, sostener de manera simultánea dos opiniones sabiendo que son opuestas y, sin embargo, creer en las dos; usar la lógica contra la lógica, despreciar la moralidad al tiempo que se recurre a ella, creer que la democracia no es posible y que el Partido es el vigilante de la democracia; no recordar todo cuanto fuera necesario no recordar y, sin embargo, recurrir a ello, traelo de nuevo a la memoria apenas se necesitara y después olvidarlo otra vez; y, sobre todo, aplicar igual proceso al procedimiento mismo. Esta era la sutileza más refinada del sistema: inducir de manera consciente a la inconsciencia, y posteriormente hacerse inconsciente con el fin de no reconocer que se realizó un acto de autosugestión. Entender incluso la palabra doblepensar implicaba el uso del doblepensar.

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    Suddenly, by the sort of violent effort with which one wrenches one's head away from the pillow in a nightmare, Winston succeeded in transferring his hatred from the face on the screen to the dark−haired girl behind him. Vivid, beautiful hallucinations flashed through his mind. He would flog her to death with a rubber truncheon. He would tie her naked to a stake and shoot her full of arrows like Saint Sebastian. He would ravish her and cut her throat at the moment of climax. Better than before, moreover, he realized why it was that he hated her. He hated her because she was young and pretty and sexless, because he wanted to go to bed with her and would never do so, because round her sweet supple waist, which seemed to ask you to encircle it with your arm, there was only the odious scarlet sash, aggressive symbol of chastity.

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    Tal vez la palabra apropiada no fuera "amigo". Ya no existían amigos, sino camaradas. Sin embargo, seguía habiendo una diferencia: unos camaradas eran mucho más agradables que otros.

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    The Party said that Oceania had never been in alliance with Eurasia. He, Winston Smith, knew that Oceania had been in alliance with Eurasia as short a time as four years ago. But where did that knowledge exist? Only in his own consciousness, which in any case must soon be annihilated. And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed — if all records told the same tale — then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past,’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’ And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. ‘Reality control’, they called it: in Newspeak, ‘doublethink’.

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    Sách cũng là một loại sản phẩm tiêu dùng cần được sản xuất, giống như giăm bông hoặc dây giầy vậy thôi.

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    The fact is that the modern implementation of the prison planet has far surpassed even Orwell’s 1984 and the only difference between our society and those fictionalized by Huxley, Orwell and others, is that the advertising techniques used to package the propaganda are a little more sophisticated on the surface. Yet just a quick glance behind the curtain reveals that the age old tactics of manipulation of fear and manufactured consensus are still being used to force humanity into accepting the terms of its own imprisonment and in turn policing others within the prison without bars.

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    The trick is not to be isolated―if you're isolated, like Winston Smith in 1984, then sooner or later you're going to break, as he finally broke. That was the point of Orwell's story. In fact, the whole tradition of popular control has been exactly that: to keep people isolated, because if you can keep them isolated enough, you can get them to believe anything. But when people get together, all sorts of things are possible.

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    Si que­da­ba al­gu­na es­pe­ran­za, debía estar en los pro­les, por­que solo en esas masas des­pre­cia­das, que cons­ti­tuían el ochen­ta y cinco por cien­to de la po­bla­ción de Ocea­nía, podía ge­ne­rar­se la fuer­za ne­ce­sa­ria para des­truir al Par­ti­do. Este no podía de­rro­car­se desde den­tro. Sus enemi­gos, si es que los había, no te­nían forma de unir­se o si­quie­ra de re­co­no­cer­se mu­tua­men­te. In­clu­so en caso de que exis­tie­ra la le­gen­da­ria Her­man­dad —lo cual no era del todo im­po­si­ble— re­sul­ta­ba in­con­ce­bi­ble que sus miem­bros pu­die­ran re­unir­se en gru­pos de más de dos o tres. La re­be­lión se li­mi­ta­ba a un cruce de mi­ra­das, una in­fle­xión de la voz o, como mucho, una pa­la­bra su­su­rra­da oca­sio­nal­men­te. En cam­bio los pro­les, si pu­die­ran ser cons­cien­tes de su fuer­za, no ten­drían ne­ce­si­dad de cons­pi­rar. Bas­ta­ría con que se en­ca­bri­ta­ran como un ca­ba­llo que se sa­cu­de las mos­cas. Si qui­sie­ran, po­drían volar el Par­ti­do en pe­da­zos a la ma­ña­na si­guien­te. Tarde o tem­prano tenía que ocu­rrír­se­les. Y sin em­bar­go…

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    (...) Todas las mujeres del Partido eran iguales. En ellas estaba tan arraigada la castidad como la fidelidad al Partido. Debido a la educación que recibieron en su niñez, por las duchas de agua fría y los juegos, por todas las idioteces que les metían en la cabeza, los desfiles, las canciones, la música marcial, las conferencias y las consignas, les arrancaban todo sentimiento normal (...) Era una rebeldía el acto sexual bien realizado. El deseo era una crimen de la mente (...)

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    To think what the Stasi went through to spy on us. Even they couldn't dream of a world in which citizens voluntarily carried tracking devices, conducted self-surveillance and reported on themselves, morning, noon and night.

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    Underlying our approach to this subject is our conviction that "computer science" is not a science and that its significance has little to do with computers. The computer revolution is a revolution in the way we think and in the way we express what we think. The essence of this change is the emergence of what might best be called procedural epistemology—the study of the structure of knowledge from an imperative point of view, as opposed to the more declarative point of view taken by classical mathematical subjects. Mathematics provides a framework for dealing precisely with notions of "what is". Computation provides a framework for dealing precisely with notions of "how to".

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    What mattered were individual relationships, and a completely helpless gesture, an embrace, a tear, a word spoken to a dying man, could have value in itself. Proles, it suddenly occurred to him, had remained in this condition. They were not loyal to a party or a country or an idea, they were loyal to one another.

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    What mattered was that the room over the junk-shop should exist. To know that it was there, inviolate, was almost the same as being in it. The room was a world, a pocket of the past where extinct animals could walk.

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    Whether he wrote DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER, or whether he refrained from writing it, made no difference. Whether he went on with the diary, or whether he did not go on with it, made no difference. The Thought Police would get him just the same. He had committed—would still have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper— the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed for ever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you.

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    Winston pensó que el pasado no únicamente fue modificado, sino que lo estaban destruyendo. Pues, ¿usted cómo iba a establecer el hecho más evidente si la única prueba que existía era el recuerdo de su propia memoria?

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    Ya no había amigos, sino camaradas. Pero persistía una diferencia: unos camaradas eran más agradables que otros.

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    Yo pienso que existo -dijo con extenuación- Estoy plenamente consciente de mi propia identidad. Nací y moriré. Tengo piernas y brazos. Estoy ocupando un lugar concreto en el espacio. Es que ningún otro objeto sólido puede ocupar el mismo punto al mismo tiempo. En ese sentido, ¿el Gran Hermano existe?

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    Al futuro o al pasado, a un tiempo en el que el pensamiento sea libre, en el que los hombres sean diferentes unos de otros y no vivan solos… a un tiempo en el que la verdad exista y lo que se haga no se pueda deshacer. Desde la época de la uniformidad, desde la época de la soledad, desde la época del Hermano Mayor, desde la época del doplepiensa … ¡saludos!

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    We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn't, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares. But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell's dark vision, there was another - slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley's vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think. What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions." In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us. This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right.

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    About some books we feel that our reluctance to return to them is the true measure of our admiration. It is hard to suppose that many people go back, from a spontaneous desire, to reread 1984: there is neither reason nor need to, no one forgets it. The usual distinctions between forgotten details and a vivid general impression mean nothing here, for the book is written out of one passionate breath, each word is bent to a severe discipline of meaning, everything is stripped to the bareness of terror. Kafka's The Trial is also a book of terror, but it is a paradigm and to some extent a puzzle, so that one may lose oneself in the rhythm of the paradigm and play with the parts of the puzzle. Kafka's novel persuades us that life is inescapably hazardous and problematic, but the very 'universality' of this idea helps soften its impact: to apprehend the terrible on the plane of metaphysics is to lend it an almost soothing aura.

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    Al final, el Partido anunciaría que dos y dos son cinco y habría que creerlo.

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