Creeping totalitarianism is silently supplanting normal human thoughts and beliefs with an omnipresent and soul-destroying moral pathology. Although many wish to find another name for totalitarianism — something that suggests that it has a purpose beyond power — that is a mistake.
“Socialism” for example, is a dull, empty word. Orwell’s horrific 1984 described a state based upon “Ingsoc” — English Socialism — but the Inner Party did not believe in redistributing wealth or helping the poor. The Inner Party believed in power — limitless power — and sought that power to make misery.
If our enemy is not some incarnation of socialism — a system which no one really believes in any longer — then our enemy is not the state, per se, either. This was another theme in 1984. The state was the hand puppet of those who controlled information, thought, and recreation. To us today, the “state” is the toy of those who feed an invented reality with their version of entertainment, information, and knowledge.
Those who control information, entertainment, education, and social popularity — the shadowy inventors of “politically correct” language, emotions, and reality which pull us with ten thousand different strings into perverse puppetry made to mimic true life — are our equivalent of the Inner Party in Orwell’s dystopia.
We cannot defeat them by elections; we can defeat them only by removing their power to dictate the films, music, art, manners, schools, charities, colleges, and causes which create an artificial union of Americans. Adopting this cure to the disease which threatens our souls requires rejecting the banal slogan which even good Americans have lazily absorbed: “United We Stand.” No — no! — no! That is not America or its promise of liberty. We must repudiate all homogenizing rhetoric. Divided we stand. United we fall.