“Is it your opinion,” O’Brien asks his protagonist Winston Smith, “that the past has real existence?”
O’Brien, one of the main antagonists in George Orwell’s classic work 1984, condemns Winston for not being a “metaphysician” because Winston had not been able to contemplate what it means by existence. “You are no metaphysician, Winston,” O’Brien said. “Until this moment you had never considered what is meant by existence.”
Obviously O’Brien, who turns out to be part of Big Brother, posits a perennial issue here, one that seems to resonate with much of our present age. The logic is pretty simple here: if a person fails to understand the past, then the person’s life is going to be philosophically, politically, and intellectually sterile. As noted writer George Santayana put it at the dawn of the twentieth century, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
“I will put it more precisely,” O’Brien continues. “Does the past exist concretely, in space? Is there somewhere or a place, a world of solid objects, where the past is still happening?” Winston’s quick answer was, “No.”
O’Brien moves on to trap his victim with this loaded question: “Then where does the past exist, if at all?” Winston’s answer is that the past exists “in records. It is written down.” O’Brien eventually replies, “We, the Party, control all records, and we control all memories. Then we control the past, do we not?”
O’Brien’s logic is that if reality is not independent of the human mind, and if the Party controls the human mind, then it inevitably follows that the Party controls reality. This is a logically valid argument, but it can only be true if the premise that reality is not independent of the human mind is true.
So the fundamental question here is this: Is the premise true? Is there an objective reality of the past? Can the past be rigorously and thoroughly investigated? Is there such a thing called “thought-police,” that is, a group or organization that is interested in punishing people for asking metaphysical questions about what happened in the past?
We have explored many of these issues in numerous articles. But what is central here is that the present “Thought Police” would be happy if no one remembers the past. In fact, they are working hard to flood much of the media and the entire political system with hoaxes, fabrications, and deliberate lies.
Take for example this recent election. What should our fellow Americans ask our presidential candidates? What should we as Americans look for? Well, pretty simple: We do not want perpetual wars in the Middle East; we do not want America to be a puppet of the Israeli regime; we do not want double standards when it comes to foreign policy.
Those issues are very crucial to what the Founding Fathers envisioned, and we can categorically state that the Founding Fathers were right on target when they independently declared that foreign entanglements will drag America into a sinkhole. Our present politicians have completely ignored this warning.
Take for example George W. Bush, who was a thorough puppet of the Israeli regime, who took us all to Iraq, and who got retired selling books such as Decision Points. What did Iraq produce? Again, we have explored these issues in the past. As Ron Paul has recently put it:
“Publication of the ‘Iraq War Diaries’ showed us all the brutality of the US attack on Iraq. It told us the truth about the US invasion and occupation of that country. This was no war of defense against a nation threatening us with weapons of mass destruction. This was no liberation of the country. We were not “bringing democracy” to Iraq.
“No, the release of nearly 400,000 classified US Army field reports showed us in dirty detail that the US attack was a war of aggression, based on lies, where hundreds of thousands of civilians were killed and injured.
“We learned that the US military classified anyone they killed in Iraq as “enemy combatants.” We learned that more than 700 Iraqi civilians were killed for “driving too close” to one of the hundreds of US military checkpoints – including pregnant mothers-to-be rushing to the hospital.
“We learned that US military personnel routinely handed ‘detainees’ over to Iraqi security forces where they would be tortured and often killed…
“On the Iraq war we have punished the truth-tellers and rewarded the criminals. People who knowingly lied us into the war like Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, the Beltway neocon ‘experts,’ and most of the media, faced neither punishment nor professional shaming for their acts. In fact, they got off scot free and many even prospered.”
Trump continues to declare that the Iraq War was “stupid,” but Trump will not tell us that it was the Israelis and the Neocons in America who actually forced Bush to destroy Iraq. Trump also will not tell his audience that it is the same Israelis who are now pushing him to get into a bloody conflict with Iran.
In short, Kevin Barrett was right in saying that the two political candidates we now have are scumbags, people who pledge allegiance to the Deep State, the Israelis, and the Khazarian Bankster Cult. That’s one reason why I didn’t vote during this election. A student of mine, who happens to be an Egyptian, asked that I voted for Trump because he thought Trump would be good for Egypt. I said, “It ain’t gonna happen.”
-  George Santayana, The Life of Reason: The Phases of Human Progress, Vol. 1 (London: Archibald Constable, 1906), 284.
-  George Orwell, 1984 (New York: Penguin, 1949), 248-249.