A truth that disheartens, because it is true, is still of far more value than the most stimulating of falsehoods. —MAURICE MAETERLINCK
In 1931, when Brave New World was being written, I was convinced that there was still plenty of time. The completely organized society, the scientific caste system, the abolition of free will by methodical conditioning, the servitude made acceptable by regular doses of chemically induced happiness, the orthodoxies drummed in by nightly courses of sleep-teaching — these things were coming all right, but not in my time, not even in the time of my grandchildren. I forget the exact date of the events recorded in Brave New World; but it was somewhere in the sixth or seventh century A.F. (After Ford). We who were living in the second quarter of the twentieth century A.D. were the inhabitants, admittedly, of a gruesome kind of universe; but the nightmare of those depression years was radically different from the nightmare of the future, described in Brave New World. Ours was a nightmare of too little order; theirs, in the seventh century A.F., of too much. In the process of passing from one extreme to the other, there would be a long interval, so I imagined, during which the more fortunate third of the human race would make the best of both worlds — the disorderly world of liberalism and the much too orderly Brave New World where perfect efficiency left no room for freedom or personal initiative.
Twenty-seven years later, in this third quarter of the twentieth century A.D., and long before the end of the first century A.F., I feel a good deal less optimistic than I did when I was writing Brave New World. The prophecies made in 1931 are coming true much sooner than I thought they would. The blessed interval between too little order and the nightmare of too much has not begun and shows no sign of beginning. In the West, it is true, individual men and women still enjoy a large measure of freedom. But even in those countries that have a tradition of democratic government, this freedom and even the desire for this freedom seem to be on the wane. In the rest of the world freedom for individuals has already gone, or is manifestly about to go. The nightmare of total organization, which I had situated in the seventh century After Ford, has emerged from the safe, remote future and is now awaiting us, just around the next corner.
Yep, no wonder Schiff doesn’t want America to see that thing.
Trump-hating California Congressman Adam Schiff has literally been seeing Russians in his sleep for quite some time now, but this one takes the cake, even for him.
Get a load of why the good congressman doesn’t think America deserves to take a peek at the heretofore unreleased Nunes memo that, according to plenty of others who have seen it, could blow the Russia investigation wide open in a whole other direction.
“Let me ask you about the Russia investigation because I can’t have you here and not,” said CNN Newsroom’s Ana Cabrera. “Can you tell us about this memo? What exactly is it?”
“It is essentially a set of talking points that the Republican Intel staff drafted based on the highly classified materials which most of the Republican members were forced to acknowledge they’ve not even read,” responded Schiff.
Riiight – the Republicans just made it up. Because of Russian bots, or something.
“So they don’t know how distorted these talking points are. But as part of the narrative, they want to push out. Interestingly enough, they’ve made common cause, once again, with Russian bots because Russian bots are pushing their narrative out there. It’s in a redux of the campaign. We have Julian Assange and Wikileaks and Russian trolls and bots saying, you know, hashtag whatever the GOP narrative is. That ought to tell you a lot about what’s driving this. And that is —”
When they finally put Schiff in the looney bin, the above paragraph sounds like something he’ll be muttering as he wanders the halls in his straight jacket.
So, why not allow the rest of America to look at it? To Cabrera’s credit, at least she asked him the question.
“Well, because the American people, unfortunately, don’t have the underlying materials and therefore they can’t see how distorted and misleading this document is,” said Schiff. “The Republicans are not saying make the underlying materials available to the public. They just want to make this spin available to the public. I think that spin, which is a fulsome attack on the FBI, is just designed to attack the FBI and Bob Mueller, to circle the wagons for the White House. And that’s a terrible disservice to the people, hard-working people at the Bureau, but more than that, it’s a disservice to the country.”
Nothing to see here, folks. That’s what Schiff and the Dems desperately want America to believe. But Congressman Matt Gaetz begs to differ and explained his view to Fox News host Jeanine Pirro on Saturday’s Justice with Jeanine.