Here’s a Charles Burris (anarchteacher) email essay with some great link recommendations:
Today while pensively reflecting upon Barack Obama’s upcoming
inauguration/coronation/incarnation on Tuesday, two famous little books — George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Leonard Lewin’s The Report From Iron Mountain — kept coming to mind.
Both have as their primary theme the ideological use of war by the state as the principal organizing device and social pretext to control and manipulate their subject peoples, repress dissent, and expend resources.
While both are considered “fiction,” there is more “truth” contained within their brief, tightly packed pages than in almost any other books.
I kept wondering how that messianic manipulator Obama would draw upon the received wisdom in these Ur-texts in outlining his draconian plans for his incoming regime.
Global financial catastrophe, the perpetual “war on terror,” impending ecological holocaust, the critical need for “national service” and “citizen empowerment” are sure to be central themes he will focus upon. All are proported pretexts for the exercise of further state power and social-democratic shamanism, investing it with a sacred and holy personnae.
Sacralizing the secular state is the worst and deadliest form of religious heresy said such keen and disparate observers as Eric Voegelin and Murray Rothbard.Through Lincolnian “civic religious” imagery and rhetorical prestidigitation, Obama will levitate the Washington Monument, halt the global economic meltdown, and restore our diminished wayward faith in the state’s ability to grant salvation from the previous eight years of Bushian evil.
Our Deliverer will marshall his omnipotent martial resources at his disposal to lead us to the promised land of hope and glory, freedom and peace, justice and equality, etc. etc. etc. ad nauseam.
I can hardly wait for his Second Coming.
See “Abraham Delano Messiah Obama,” by Thomas DiLorenzo.
See Murray Rothbard’s “Rothbard on Orwell: Two Essays.” Rothbard reviews and discusses George Orwell’s powerful and prophetic novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, and the impact it made on him.
See “The War System and Its Intellectual Mythmakers,” by Murray N. Rothbard. Here Rothbard discusses the great impact Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four made on revisionist historian Harry Elmer Barnes, and briefly touches on The Report From Iron Mountain.
See G. Edward Griffin’s commentary on The Report From Iron Mountain from his book, The Creature From Jekyll Island: A Second Look At The Federal Reserve.