However this is a tremendous lie, and Winston is placed in a world of turmoil when he wants to uproot this lie. • “In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it.” Book 1, Chapter VII Page 80.This quote expresses an important theme of the novel 1984. The Party ultimate power resides in limiting its citizen’s intelligence. In this way, the Party is able to maintain
It doesn’t matter if the people knew in the back of their minds that Oceania was just at war with Eastasia and not Eurasia. The government brainwashed them into thinking that whatever it told them was true, and that the past had never been changed (Beale). This can be compared with today’s society with the phrase that proclaims America to be the “Land of the Free.” This phrase contradicts itself because the United States has more people imprisoned than any other country in the world. Nevertheless, it is still used. Doublethink in the book is different from doublethink today because the government is not forcibly putting examples of it everywhere in an effort to brainwash the population.
Page 398, Para. 3. Another downfall of presidential power is that back in the day the president didn’t play a big role in the economy but now that the economy has transformed formed from a farming state to an industrial big wig, he now gets involved. What this could mean is that the government could get in their hands in a lot of companies, making them government ran. Like with all the bailouts you seen now, due to the financial crisis going on in America.
Embarking to achieve this objective, Roosevelt came to be a president of the normal man while Wilson turned into the "better" dynamic president. Despite the fact that they were both progressives, the two presidents had distinctive ways as a primary concern for the fate of the United States. Their alternate point of view and necessities were apparent in their addresses: New Nationalism by Roosevelt and New Freedom by Wilson. Wilson's New Freedom looked to the demolition of all trusts to push budgetary rivalry and allow little organizations by and by to thrive. While the national government was to utilize its energy on a one-time premise to bust all trusts, the central government was to have no part in managing business.
1984, the widely read dystopian novel by George Orwell, is a beacon that highlights the many daunting aspects of society that were visible in the world Orwell was living at that time as well as the present future. Although the novel is fictional, Orwell’s Oceania dystopian society provokes much fear in the realisation that Oceania is a clear, if not satirical, mirror of the Stalin’s Soviet Union and the possibility that one day there will be a ruling government that has unlimited control and thus a complete domination of humanity, which are the basis of a totalitarian government. The quote ‘If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on the human face –forever’ is clearly relevant as it evidently brings the image of military powers oppressing down what part of humanity that allows us to show our emotions and most importantly, our ability to think for ourselves as individuals. Orwell’s use of descriptive language and the colour in the book is another important technique that portrays the theme of hopelessness. Everything in Oceania appears to be gloomy, grey and aging.
Yamamoto’s leniency in giving Nagumo authority to make crucial decisions was not a good idea. Had Yamamoto headed the actual attack instead of Nagumo, a possible third wave strike could have been unleashed to destroy all missed targets, thus changing the position of the U.S. military to ‘crippled’ after Pearl Harbour. However, Nagumo and the fleet arrived back on Japanese soil after the attack and instead of an expected applause and praise from Yamamoto, he received the opposite as the Americans were not defeated. Yamamoto knew that Japan needed to be in a position of strength in order to negotiate with America and have the upper hand. Nagumo managed to withdraw from Pearl Harbour before securing a complete victory that was so close to his grasp.
I personally say that strength is not given but earned by what you do to get others to approve your intensions. In other words, strengths and weakness depends on a personal capacity to influence the conduct of those in government. Power seems to be based on how influential or persuasive one can be. However, I also think that no matter how much the President tries to get what he wants during his term, the President will never be the most powerful man in the country. He is always sharing his power due to the checks and balances system.
It is apparent on how the Ancient Athenians executed Socrates after the series of attempts of his followers to destroy Democracy. It is also a Democracy of the Sword because of the Ancient Athenians view war as a necessity to protect Democracy, which they claim to be the model government for other Greek City-States to follow but eventually these wars destroyed Democracy. The Democracy of the United States of America during the 20th century, as I see it, is a Democracy of principles in a sense that Ideologies are dominant in the United States. There are four dominant Ideologies namely: liberal, conservative, libertarian and populist. I tend to think that the United States view the world as a political area and it is just a mere battle of principles of state governance.
Everyone can agree that men are not perfect. They form governments to protect themselves from one another. These governments can take many forms, ranging from a monarchy to a pure democracy. If we make the assumption that all men are created “equal”, then a democracy is the logical alternative since a monarch could not be an equal. But, pure democracy, where everyone weighs in on every issue, becomes impractical as societies become larger, more complex, and replete with issues.
The Nazi party now forced to think tactically and with the burning of the Reichstag building through a communist Hitler was able to blame the extremist party for the beginning of a revolution and with President Hindenburg's approval he arrested the ‘enemies of the state’. With this fortunate accident, the ‘missing’ SPD party and the agreement with Zentrum Hitler was able to get his two thirds majority to pass the Enabling Act which entitled him to pass laws without parliamentary approval. Although on the surface Hitler seemed to have a lot of control, this was not complete, due to the fact that President Hindenburg could over rule him and perhaps even terminate him as chancellor. This power, however, led to multiple sudden adjustments to Germany, after becoming a one party state by July 1933, through making the SPD party and all other competitors illegal, he continued to set loose on Germany’s very powerful and threatening trade unions. Trade unions posed a strong threat to the NSDAP due to their power in Germany, considering their support for the SPD and even KPD.