Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Make Mine Freedom

I came across this YouTube video. It is a 1948 Production.


I think we all need to read Orwell's 1984 again.

This was written by Walter Cronkite in the preface to the book 1984. (Full transcript of the preface is http://www.newspeakdictionary.com/go-pre.html

"Orwell drew upon the technology (and perhaps some of the science fiction) of the day drawing his picture of 1984. But it was not a work of science fiction he was writing. It was a novelistic essay on power, how it is acquired and maintained, how those who seek it or seek to keep it tend to sacrifice anything and everything in its name."

Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely

Literal meaning.
Lord ActonThis arose as a quotation by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902). The historian and moralist, who was otherwise known simply as Lord Acton, expressed this opinion in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887:
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."
Another English politician with no shortage of names - William Pitt, the Elder, The Earl of Chatham and British Prime Minister from 1766 to 1778, is sometimes wrongly attributed as the source. He did say something similar, in a speech to the UK House of Lords in 1770:
"Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it"

Do I believe that the Government seeks to control us? Yes. Will I defend my freedom? Yes.

Lois Rogan

1 comment:

Kathleen Rogan said...

Right On!