You Want a Picture of the Future? Imagine a Boot Stamping on Your Face

We have arrived, way ahead of schedule, into the dystopian future dreamed up by such science fiction writers as George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Margaret Atwood and Philip K. Dick. Much like Orwell’s Big Brother in 1984, the government and its corporate spies now watch our every move. Much like Huxley’s A Brave New World, we are churning out a society of watchers who “have their liberties taken away from them, but … rather enjoy it, because they [are] distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing.” Much like Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the populace is now taught to “know their place and their duties, to understand that they have no real rights but will be protected up to a point if they conform, and to think so poorly of themselves that they will accept their assigned fate and not rebel or run away.” And in keeping with Philip K. Dick’s darkly prophetic vision of a dystopian police state—which became the basis for Steven Spielberg’s futuristic thriller Minority Report which was released 15 years ago—we are now trapped into a world in which the government is all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful, and if you dare to step out of line, dark-clad police SWAT teams and pre-crime units will crack a few skulls to bring the populace under control. All of these works of fiction—and the writers who inspired them—understood what many Americans, caught up in their partisan, flag-waving, zombified states, are still struggling to come to terms with: that there is no such thing as a government organized for the good of the people. Even the best intentions among those in government inevitably give way to the desire to maintain power and control at all costs.

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Show Notes

“Spielberg & Cruise & the Movies,” Roger Ebert

“Margaret Atwood on What ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Means in the Age of Trump,” New York Times

“Minority Report holds up because it's about surveillance, not gadgets,” The Verge

“Minority Report’ Is 40 Years Ahead of Schedule: The Fictional World Has Become Reality,” The Rutherford Institute

You Want a Picture of the Future? Imagine a Boot Stamping on Your Face

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  1. Great work and very thought provoking ! Question is is Art imitating Reality or Reality imitating Art ? Both would be my answer !
    The title of the first book I read on the media was The Media is the Message ? Massage or both ! much like the previous conundrum ! The Book is still relevant, but needs updating .
    In this current Media environment I am awakening to the fact that the medium is preconditioning me to believe that as a White, Married, Male Farmer , from a liberal leftist background that I am now some sort of Fascist, Racist , Hate mongering criminal because I support President Trump and believe that America needs reform rather than be collapsed and rebuilt as is the Liberal plan ! Somehow the media has successfully changed the subject from the reforms that we elected Trump to do to an orchestrated campaign of anti Russia , anti Trump voter anti Christian warfare against us !
    My new mantra is that WE Are The Hundred Flowers of our Day and will be blamed for the coming Race riots and Wars unless we change soon ! the Triggering event being the same as what they did to President Herbert Hoover , only to Trump .
    The current Media is just defining our rolls in the future so we need to not conform to their pattern !
    Thanks for your work I need to rent They Live and may watch other films with new perspective as well .

  2. Craig Toth says:

    Thank you for this great presentation… cheers!!

  3. Clifton N Wayne says:

    Mr John Whitehead – Thank you for your instructive, informative videos. I wish all Americans could watch them as they’re simple & straight to the point.
    You are one of the main reasons I support Newsbud. Please continue.
    Clifton Wayne

  4. Max Havelaar says:

    Destroy the international Billionaires class, the megacorporate-fascists, whose private equity sits in Wallstreet!

    Key issues for planetary peace:

    1. rule of International Law: human rights and justice for all, no exceptions, independent sovereign states doing fair trade to benefit all.
    2. Ban all UN trade embargo’s on single countries: this is massmurder. Only the poorest children die, and dictatorships do not end.
    3. A TRUE DEMOCRACY REQUIRES PARLEMENTARY CONTROLL OVER THE MONEY CREATION PROCESS TO ATTAIN FULL EMPLOYMENT BY PUBLIC PROJECTS SPENDING. No more FED discount money to commercial banks, only trusted funds and 100 % capital requirements. This will kill Goldman & co and keep banks SMALL
    4. regulate markets to regain competition (anti-trust/monopoly) and small organizations relative to market share (1- 5 % of market). No leveraged buyouts or take-over, limits on marketshare, strict anti-trust laws, limits on private equity and grandshareholders.
    5. Ban the CDO, CDS and most financial deivatives: they are fraud.
    6. No more Billionaires: limit private equity to 100 million per capita. Form new political grassroot-level parties of ordinary, working people, without rich kids and academics (only as advisors) , to get these policies implemented!

  5. Karrol Steeves says:

    I made a comment about the future being similar to Margaret Atwoods’s book, A Handmaid’s Tale back when this was the Boiling Frogs Post website. I think this was seen as “doom and gloom” at the time when in reality I was looking at cause and effect.

  6. It is easy to tell an American because they dont understand anything not presented on screen (set to music or commercials) or anything that is different from their own experience.

    • David E Burden says:

      John,

      Should I perhaps reply by saying that it’s easy to tell a European because they lump all Americans into one category?
      Well I’m not going to, not because I have no idea where you live, (I don’t even care), but because I try to avoid such generalizations about people whom I have no personal knowledge about.
      This American doesn’t watch TV, and hasn’t for many years., has never watched a football game, and wouldn’t if the opportunity was there. I feel the same way about baseball, hockey, basketball, NASCAR and the rest of such useless, time consuming, resource draining endeavors. I detest commercials, but I do enjoy many kinds of music. I don’t own a smartphone, and never will. The only “screen” I look at, is this one, that is hooked to my desktop PC, so that I can keep up with Newsbud and numerous things going on in the world around me. Since you are doing likewise, I trust you won’t fault me too much for that.
      I also understand that there are different types, and intellect levels, in all societies. But then I’m kinda weird. I actually talk to people who have opposing views from mine, I start conversations with people standing the checkout line and other public places, and I usually give them a copy of the US Constitution, Pocket Version. I purchase them in bulk and pass them out at no cost, in the hope that at least some will have the curiosity to actually read it. It gives me the opportunity to gain some understanding about them and their philosophies, as well as the chance to exchange ideas, educate, and promote peaceful debate. So please try to understand that we are not ALL mindless zombies.
      Are far too many people in the states concerned mainly with entertainment? YES.
      Are all of us that way? NO.
      Will the majority ever wake up to the reality of what is being done to them, before it’s too late? DOUBTFUL. But I keep trying.
      I could use some help, but lumping the entirety of any society into one negative connotation isn’t going to be of much assistance I fear. I’ve tried many methods of reaching people over the last 40 years, but I found out quickly that belittling them only serves to alienate them further, so I usually try to refrain from doing so.
      “There are as many ways to live life, as there are people on this planet.” Who am I to say who’s way is better? If it doesn’t rob my wallet, or break my leg, I care little for the habits of others. I can speculate as to which is the better way of life, but I won’t dictate.
      Peace, and long life sir.

      For the Republic,
      Stronghorse

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