That’s right, the land of the free, the home of the brave, the good ol’ United… Arab…Emirates? Yes, indeed. Linda S. Heard has a biting piece that is on-point regarding the disintegrating freedoms of the United States and the United Kingdom. That piece was published at GulfNews.com (of the UAE, not USA or UK).
She points out a quote from American
author hero Neil Postman,
Orwell feared the truth would be concealed from us, Huxley feared the truth would be droned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture [consumed by] an almost infinite appetite for distractions.
Take a look around. It certainly appears that Orwell and Huxley were both correct. As Heard puts it,
Unless we tear ourselves away from our pretty toys and distractions just long enough to remove our rose-coloured specs, freedom will be obsolete except as a slogan above the gate of the Ministry of Truth.
Was it our forays and follies in the Middle East that brought these notions to the Emirates? Hardly. The Emirates have been developing a culture that oddly mirrors the capitalism-as-religion model that the United States followed to our current sorry state, luring ex-pats (Hi, Gary!) with beau coup cash and the freedom (nay, responsibility?) of criticizing the hegemony of the United States. That is nigh-but-impossible for the Mainstream Media (MSM) to accomplish here or in the UK.
To quote the lads from up North,
…and yes, i recognize the irony that the very system I oppose affords me the luxury of biting the hand that feeds. But that’s exactly why privileged fucks like me should feel obliged to whine and kick and scream – until everyone has everything they need.
In the same breath, the powers-that-be claim to be spreading freedom around the world while quashing that same freedom at home. The time has come to say “enough”. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out how to express that sentiment best in your circle of influence. I wouldn’t want to be accused of having a “call to action” on here.
What better place than here, what better time than now?