The beginnings of the Ministry of Truth

History, that which tells us who we are and where we’re from, often enough hated by those who want us to be something that they want, fairly often reinterpreted by  various academicians to whitewash away inconvenient facts which ought to be matters of pride yet are twisted into a blame game. Slavery in the UK being a case in point, yes we were at the centre of a slave trade, yes it caused misery to untold thousands, but (and this is the point that is often missed out) we did something about it, because it was the right thing to do, we even used our Navy when we were fighting the Napoleonic system for our very existence to stop the vile trade, not just for our nation, but against the nations who were selling the slaves too. Those who would have us apologise hate these inconvenient facts and would rather we didn’t know, the previous government was one of those proponents which is why history became something schools no longer taught as a GCSE subject.

Telegraph.

Data published by the Department for Education shows that 159 state secondary schools failed to enter a single pupil for a history exam last summer.

It suggests that the schools – collectively teaching around 150,000 children – are unable to offer it as a distinct subject in the last two years of secondary education, even if pupils have a passion for history.

Separate figures also show that the overall proportion of pupils studying the subject in state comprehensives across England dropped by almost a fifth under Labour.

The disclosure comes amid mounting concerns over a fall in teenagers taking a string of tough GCSEs over the last 14 years.

Critics blame schools for pushing pupils onto “soft” subjects and vocational qualifications to inflate their position in school league tables.

So, we deny our kids their history, we encourage them into softer subjects, we allow uncontrolled expansion of services like wikipedia and its constant rewriting battles between various groups, though mostly dominated by the liberal left. We have the state broadcaster putting its own “slant” on practically every news item and a whole generation kept amused (for a given value of amused) by mindless pap that passes for entertainment aka the X Factor, Britain’s Got talent and other reality tv sideshows.

The how or the why is no longer important, the powers that be have their generation of feral foot soldiers, they’ve even started on a new one.

1984, Book One, Chapter 3

“If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say this or that even, it never happened—that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death.”

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'” 

“Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct; nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary.”

Book One, Chapter 2

“Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematically turned into ungovernable little savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party. On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything connected with it… All their ferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, thought-criminals. It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children.”   

It would be easy to say that we only had ourselves to blame, save that those reading this aren’t to blame, we tried and we care, yet the powers that be just ignored us and have got what they want, a generation of apathetic non voters who rely on the state for their bread and circuses yet who rarely interfere with the machinations of the state.

1984 looks more and more like prophecy…

9 comments for “The beginnings of the Ministry of Truth

  1. Robert Edwards
    August 25, 2011 at 10:28 am

    The political ‘loading’ of history (on those rare occasions when some attempt to teach it is made) is a feature of the controlling left; a few steps away from book-burning.

    Because it is the most interesting of the contemporary liberal arts (in turn because it touches on so many of the rest) it naturally encourages further reading and independent research on the part of the student.

    Ah. At which point the whole, odious, PC ‘introduction’ offered by two generations of (thmselves) propagandized ‘teachers’ is revealed for what it is – crap. The slavery example is an excellent one. The recent monument to the abolition of the slave trade in Liverpool(?)- (I have ranted about this before) makes no mention of either the Royal Navy nor of the African potentates who sold off their countrymen in return for trinkets. King Gezo of Dahomey, for example. Both have been airbrushed, Soviet-like, from ‘history’.

    So a history student WILL learn about Slavery, the history of the Trades Union movement, the Suffragist movement, the evils of Fascism and the horrors of the Great War (paying particular attention to all those cowardly Generals. They will probably be recommended ‘Gallipoli’ and ‘Oh! What a Lovely War’ as virtual documentaries). Oh, and the Great Depression and possibly the Crusades might get a mention in passing.

    The student will NOT learn about Stalin, Mao, Napoleon, Bismarck, the Korean War, the defeat of the USSR in the Cold War, or Reagan. The 30 Years’ War, The American Civil War, The English Civil War(s)The Glorious Revolution, or any of the Important Documents listed to my right as I write this.

    Is this irreversible? Yes, apart from a few who have the wit to find out…

  2. David
    August 25, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I don’t know about never interfering in the machinations of the state – the recent riots certainly did.

    I’d love to know just how much about the slave trade the majority of young black kids and black people under thirty know. My guess is fcuk all.

  3. john in cheshire
    August 25, 2011 at 11:12 am

    And no mention that the slave trade is still practised by the Arabs, who have long been lovers of capturing and selling slaves; justified of course by islam.

  4. Edward Spalton
    August 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    May neighbour, who has a seven year old grandson, told me this – and I believe him

    The grandson, who was visiting, went to look into his grandfather’s brown rubbish bin.
    “Why are you doing that” he was asked.
    “To see if you are recycling” the lad replied.
    “Why?”
    “Because if we don’t recycle, we’ll spoil the planet”
    “What would you do if I wasn’t?” asked grandpa
    “Tell the teacher” was the answer.

    The lad was taken on a visit to an aeronautical museum near Coventry and Grandpa could see that he disapproved greatly of certain exhibits.
    “Why are you looking like that?” he asked.
    “Because it says about the war”.
    “Why is that wrong?”
    “Because it upsets people in other countries if we talk about it”.
    “But it happened. People came to try to kill us and we stopped them”.
    “But we mustn’t talk about it” said the boy.

    Back in February Derbyshire County Council was recruiting volunteer, adult “eco-warriors” “To help people with recycling and to save energy”. It was hoped that each trained eco warrior would recruit another seven or eight.

    The Thought Police are here amongst us and some are rather small.

    • August 26, 2011 at 7:45 am

      Chilling…

  5. August 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    “Slavery in the UK being a case in point, yes we were at the centre of a slave trade, yes it caused misery to untold thousands”

    Oh, but we still have a system of slavery, it applies to 90% of young people, it’s called “high house prices and rents”. That’s what motivates the NIMBYs and Home-Owner-Ists – if they can restrict supply and push up prices, they can screw more money out of their own children. it strikes me as a bit of an outrage that young people are expected to hand over half their earned income in tax to subsidise old people and half of what’s left in order to be able to occupy a few square yards of their own country.

    But hey, everybody else seems to think that this is normal.

  6. Andrew
    August 26, 2011 at 1:57 am

    “we allow uncontrolled expansion of services like wikipedia”

    I do believe that’s freedom of speech. I thought it was considered a virtue among those fighting for liberty.

    • August 26, 2011 at 7:46 am

      Only when it served them. Look how quickly the progressives turned on Wikileaks.

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