The most recent terrorist attack in London is showing, once again, how Orwell's vision, and warning, of a totalitarian society is becoming more and more true.
The slogan of "The Party" in his book Nineteen Eighty-Four is: War is Peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
Ignorance is strength. And cowardice is courage.
What is, once again, the cookie-cutter message that the politicians of England, and everywhere else, are giving to the citizens of London? That this terrorist attack will not make them fall into despair, that they will not let fear overcome them, and that they will go on with their lives with courage.
Or, in other words, that the citizens should just ignore the problem and pretend that it doesn't exist. That they should put their fingers into their ears and cover their eyes, and just keep going on like before, like nothing has happened. In other words, the coward's way: When there is a problem, just pretend it doesn't exist, and maybe it will go away. And this is, somehow, "courage".
It's actually frightening how much this rhetoric resembles the propaganda of a totalitarian regime set on making the populace submissive and subservient through psychological manipulation: Do not question the establishment. Do not protest. Everything is fine and as it should be. You should ignore all perceived problems, and keep living your life as before. You should keep serving the system.
The subservient attitude is enforced primarily via shaming: If you protest, if you raise against the establishment, if you go against the government and the system, you are a racist, a bigot, a fascist, an islamophobe, a deplorable person. You wouldn't want to be one of those undesirables, now would you? You wouldn't want to become a persona non grata, would you? Unless you want to be one of them, you should remain docile and quiet, and just keep living your life as before, serving the system, and never raising your voice in protest. You should pretend that nothing is wrong, and ignore the problems.
As more and more people are starting to fight back, and protest, and demand that the problems be solved, when the shaming tactics are becoming less and less effective, the next step is to criminalize wrongthink. If you protest the establishment, if you go against the government narrative, you will be put in jail. Expect a visit from the police.
This is not just hypothetical rhetoric. It's happening more and more frequently. Country after country is passing law after law criminalizing dissenting opinion. Canada's passing of the law criminalizing "islamophobia" is but just the most recent example. And undoubtedly it's going to become more and more common.
If shaming isn't working, the populace needs to be forced into submission by law. The west will become islamic, by force if necessary. And why? Why are all the governments, and the media, so set on making the west islamic? That's a mystery that might never be answered.
As I see it, there are only two possible outcomes for this situation: Country after country will become a totalitarian islamic regime, where women will be oppressed and homosexuals thrown from rooftops, or the far right will raise and the west will become Nazi Germany version 2. I see no other possibility. Neither future looks very bright.