George, they do not know what they are talking about! 1984

This one is going to be short. It is about one of many false interpretations. One cannot and should not fight against false interpretations of a novel. But since this one provides strikingly sharp picture of present anti-Trump hysteria, why not.

George Orwell novel 1984 sales soar after Donald Trump took over presidency of USA. If it was only traditional media like The Guardian, The Telegraph, Observer, The Sun, The Washington Post, Independent, The Times of India, USA Today, The New York Times and many others, that would see in this phenomena a sign of Orwell dystopia in Trump, I would call it predictable. But such comparison spread around social media as well. People obviously recognized harsh, direct and many times not well-thought language as a repetition of famous “newspeak” from Orwell novel.

At first when I encountered this misunderstanding, I just shrugged, because it seemed inconceivable for me that anyone could not understand what is described as a serious threat behind “newspeak” of Orwell. I could not imagine that masses and intellectuals could not understand that newspeak has no power at all if not uttered from a collective/totalitarian leader. I could not understand that sane people would not recognized so many, many, many instances of newspeak uttered from various sources everyday causing no harm. How come that they do not understand that it is only special totalitarian position secured by intellectuals that are always first to support collectivist dictator, that transforms one particular harmless newspeak to a dystopian one described in 1984?

But then the answer lies in the last sentence itself. Intellectuals that heavily support newspeak of so many collectivistic institutions like WHO, IPCC, various churches and for instance even string theory collective within physics, can not stand unmasked individualism of Donald Trump. It comes as a funny paradox that his newspeak has no chance to become Orwellian exactly for the reason that collective of intellectuals and Hollywood is not going to support his threatening individualism. He cannot become Orwellian character in principle.

We as human beings all try to develop newspeak, a discourse, a meme-complex that could reproduce faster, more accurate and more abundant than the one from competitors. We all construct reality with words. Or, to be more accurate, as genes use us for their reproduction and selection of fittest genes, memes use us for similar reproduction on memetic level. As long as such memes seek for support (reproduction) on memetic level only, even those memes that contradict reality most, cannot cause much harm. It is only when memes are enforced by collective power, then comes 1984.

But what about the fact that Trump has authority to convert memes into actions? Does that not prove that he can make all people think what “his memes” think? Fortunately not. He can enforce certain memes into laws, but that would influence thinking only if supported by collective in such a way, that even thinking about such laws as he thought would be enforced. As already said there are institutions that fight for humanity in the name of humanity/collective that are trying to achieve such Orwellian dystopia, but not Trump. He said and is saying many nonsenses, uttered many contradictions, he might even enforce some counterproductive laws that would come from his non-diplomatic and often not well advised memetic environment, but such stupidities are not only evolutionary harmless, but predictable and even necessary. Memetic construction of reality has to be erratic like gene construction of species is full of errors. It is end result that proves (or disproves) memes as synchronized with reality and genes as winners within surviving species and bodies. In the environment of free market of memes (or genes) even false ones are harmless. In the forced market like totalitarian speech infringement or collective genetic experiments only one meme-complex, one gene, becomes a winner. And that is a real threat.

What does really frighten me is mass hysteria provoked by intellectuals. I can understand such backlash from traditional media since they finally realized that they do not hold the power to steer collective mind as they used to prior to expansion of social media. But I do not understand Hollywood, scientists and laypeople. Is their mind really so much infected by collectivist memes that they blame those opposing Orwell dystopia as being Orwellian? Apparently it is.

And this is really bad news for all of us that take some care about individual freedoms.

Andrej Drapal