GRANDFATHERLY ECONOMIC ADVICE
To Orwell Today,
I just discovered your great presentation regarding George Orwell's work at www.orwelltoday.com. I want to tell you how much I appreciate your effort. Great resource.
It is amazing to me as I read your good stuff from Orwell how much of what today too many take for granted was predicted in '1984'. I hope you don't mind if I add it to my link page to assist my readers in discovering what you provide.
I have my own page which contains many real-world examples today that tie into what Orwell had to say in his '1984', especially the Ministry of Truth.
It is a chapter of the Grandfather Economic Report series called STATISTICAL REVISIONISM AND WIZARDRY. Perhaps you would like to take a look.
Additionally, you may be interested in scanning the home page and reading its Summary link.
GRANDFATHER ECONOMIC REPORT (Graphic presentation reviewing economic issues facing today's generation compared to prior periods, on: family income, debt, savings, government spending and size, trust funds, education quality, social security, regulations, taxes, inflation, productivity, foreign trade and exchange, voter turnout, trust, celebration, national security, energy, and health care/life expectancy)
Very best regards to you,
Thanks so much for letting me know you discovered "Orwell Today" and for your kind comments.
I've had a quick look at your GRANDFATHER ECONOMIC REPORT website and will peruse more later. It appears to be a valuable resource dedicated to "increasing awareness of certain threats to the economic future and freedom of families and their children compared to the past".
It's great to have you - with your grandfatherly perspective - as a reader.
It reminds me of how in "1984" Winston went searching for someone who was old enough to have been alive before Big Brother came to power - and who could explain whether life had been better then, or if life was better now (as Big Brother said it was):
"...A very old man, bent but active, with white moustaches that bristled forward like those of a prawn, pushed open the swing door and went in. As Winston stood watching, it occurred to him that the old man, who must be eighty at the least, had already been middle-aged when the Revolution happened. He and a few others like him were the last links that now existed with the vanished world of capitalism. In the Party itself there were not many people left whose ideas had been formed before the Revolution. The older generation had mostly been wiped out in the great purges of the fifties and sixties, and the few who survived had long ago been terrified into complete intellectual surrender. If there was any one still alive who could give you a truthful account of conditions in the early part of the century, it could only be a prole. Suddenly the passage from the history book that he had copied into his diary came back into Winston's mind, and a lunatic impulse took hold of him. He would go into the pub, he would scrape acquaintance with that old man and question him. He would say to him: "Tell me about your life when you were a boy. What was it like in those days? Were things better than they are now, or were they worse?"..."
Also, in ANIMAL FARM Orwell has Major - the old bore (oops, should be "boar") - be the one who explains to the next generation what life is supposed to be like and why it isn't. See ORWELL SPEAKS THRU MAJOR and MAJOR SPEECH IS ORWELL SPEAK
Grandfathers are also mentioned in "1984" when Winston and Julia are trying to remember things from their past, for example the rhyme "'Oranges and lemons' say the bells of St Clements". See DIANA ST MARTIN'S BELLE
All the best,
Reader Charles is a also a grandfather who cares about the future
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