War is peace
Freedom is slavery
Ignorance is strength
The dystopia described in George Orwell’s 70-year-old novel “1984” feels all too familiar today. A world in which Big Brother is always listening in, and high-tech devices can eavesdrop in people’s homes. (Hey, Alexa, what’s up?). A world in which the governments insist that reality is not “something objective, external, existing in its own right” but rather, “whatever the Party holds to be truth is truth.”
A world where the government insists on defining its own reality and where propaganda permeates the lives of people too distracted by rubbishy tabloids (“containing almost nothing except sport, crime and astrology”) and sex-filled movies to care much about politics or history. News articles and books are rewritten by the Ministry of Truth and facts and dates grow blurry.
Orwell had been thinking about the novel that would become “1984” as early as 1944, when he wrote a letter about Stalin and Hitler, and “the horrors of emotional nationalism and a tendency to disbelieve in the existence of objective truth because all the facts have to fit in with the words and prophecies of some infallible führer.”
Not surprisingly, “1984” has found a nervous readership in today’s “post-truth” era. An era in which misinformation and fake news have proliferated on the web; poisonous tensions among ethnic and religious groups are fanned by demagogues; and reporters scramble to sort out a cascade of lies and falsehoods told by governments everywhere.
Who controls the past controls the future. El Solitario controls the present!
The 1984 Honda ELITE summarizes all these traits in a perfect impersonal and antiseptic 2 wheeled combo aimed at the dystopian individual. And the worst part is that we kind of love it.
Best ! As always 😉
Seriously though … this shirt ? The perfect compliment/companion to my ” Science Does Not Care What You Think ” T-shirt and the HST Freak Nation banner now hanging on my front porch ( the Two Thumbed Fist on a black background )
Damn …. had me a GOP sycophant at my door today . Reamed his posterior a new one ala HST . Damn … I’m becoming more like him by the day ( political attitude wise albeit minus the … errr … substance abuse etc ) as the ” Collective Stupidity of America ” continues on
Ahhh … but on a positive note mi loco Lobos
Seen what the Motor Company ( H-D ) is introducing for the 2021 model year ? ( assuming they survive their corporate cronyism with Trump who’s returned the favor by screwing H-D left and right at every turn )
Hmmm …. seems like the Motor Company’s been paying attention to what y’alls been doing . Specifically …. the Desert Wolves .
Check it out … the H-D PanAmerica ADV .. based on I assume the water cooled ‘ Street ‘ . Not quite a Desert Wolf … but not half bad from a company thats been unable to get out of its own way going on 20 years now
Hmmm … ought to be interesting to see how the Harley Xenophobic faithful react to this one … hmmmm
I don’t think H.D. care what some beer swilling good old boy thinks..
First … your perception of what makes up the H-D faithful is a pathetic case of stereotyping as well as severely inaccurate
Second ..Seeing as how the H-D ‘ faithful ‘ ( from Yuppie wanna be’s .. to rednecks and hardcores ) are the very foundation of H-D’s sales … and essential to their very survival …. you damn well better believe dinky Splinky that the Motor Company cares .
Fact is … not only do they care … they live in abject fear of what alienating the faithful will do to the Motor Company .
( full discloser … though none [ new or old ] have resided in our garages since 2005 … my family has owned H-D’s since back in the gentleman days [ 1926 ] … not to mention a close friend [ and former neighbor ] is an exec at the Motor Company
Seriously son … get a clue before commenting … you’ll save yourself a ton of embarrassment 😉
Lets agree to disagree. H.D’s customers are now organic coffee sipping hipsters. Why would H.D care about somebody who lives on a mountain and probably never bought a new motorcycle in their life?
Lol seriously brother, please think before commenting in future. You are perpetuating bad stereotypes about americans.
Full disclosURE: I dislike coffee