...I'm okay with being REALITY-based.

Friday, March 26, 2004
      ( 6:28 AM )
Fiction ...or Policy?

...For if leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupefied by poverty would become literate and would learn to think for themselves; and when once they had done this, they would sooner or later realize that the privileged minority had no function, and they would sweep it away. In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance.


Nor was it a satisfactory solution to keep the masses in poverty by restricting the output of goods... The problem was how to keep the wheels of industry turning without increasing the real wealth of the [people in the] world. Goods must be produced, but they need not be distributed. And in practice the only way of achieving this was by continuous warfare.

Neocon Republican Platform - Goldstein's History, from Orwell's 1984.

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