Some people did something, but you aren’t allowed to know that

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Winston Smith, the protagonist of George Orwell’s 1984, is a minion in the Ministry of Information. His job consists of systematically erasing historical records such as newspapers and replacing them with lies to suit the demands of the omnipotent Party. 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.

Jacinda Ardern might not – yet – be as omnipotent as Big Brother, but already the political left are as determined as any other totalitarians to control the future by controlling the past. quote

New Zealand authorities demanded from the first moments after the attack that social media companies remove videos of the massacre in Christchurch. The country has also blocked access to sites that host video of the attack, according to the news and media site The Verge. The goal appears to be that there will be no footage of the attack, and that the name of the perpetrator will disappear from public discourse. end quote.

Ardern and her fellow leftists dress their Orwellian megalomania as “combating hate”, but as even New Zealand’s Human Rights Commissioner conceded, such censorship would have done nothing to prevent the attack. The truth is that this is not about “combating hate”, it’s about control.

“Who controls the past,” ran the Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.”


Imagine if this was the approach to other terrible crimes. Imagine if we just banned all images of the Holocaust and mention of Hitler. Would that make Nazism go away, or would it be tantamount to denying the Holocaust?…

Why stop there? Let’s ban all images of terrorism and mentions of terrorist leaders like Osama bin Laden or Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. There’s something strange about this strategy that is reminiscent of Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter, “He who must not be named.” Did not naming that character make him disappear, even in fiction? end quote.

During the IRA’s bombing campaign in the 70s and 80s, they were, Voldemort-like, banned from the British media. It did nothing to stop them. quote.

There is no evidence that by simply not naming terrorist perpetrators, such as Timothy McVeigh…When I was a teenager, the Oklahoma City Bombing which killed 168 people, was a very important event. We learned a lot about McVeigh…And yet, no one in the US since then has taken after McVeigh, and no one has carried out another such terrible attack. We saw the footage, we know the name, and we were horrified by it. end quote.

Spokespeople for the racist National Front were also banned from British media. Yet they flourished. When the ban was lifted and the British public got to hear and judge for themselves, support for the National Front collapsed. quote.

New Zealand’s approach may be more about preserving the county’s image than it is about actually confronting the racism and hate that led to the terrorist attack at two mosques. The fact is, two of the world’s worst far-right acts of terrorism in recent memory took place in New Zealand and Norway, two countries that pride themselves on being more progressive, and not prone to the kind of gun violence and racism that afflict other societies. end quote.

The Party of 1984 altered the past to cover up the truth about the present. quote.

In New Zealand, many questions remain about how a man who was active on social media prior to his attack went largely unnoticed. As is usual after these kinds of incidents, the social media platforms deleted his accounts. That is a convenient way – sort of like banning footage and not saying the terrorist’s name – to quietly make sure any footprints he left on the way to committing the crime have been covered over. end quote.

There probably isn’t anything that the political-media industrial complex is trying to hide, but how can anyone know? Conspiracy theorists thrive on secrets.

More importantly, information isn’t the enemy of freedom: information is the very life-blood of freedom and democracy. quote.

Do we learn from things by erasing every piece of information about them? Doesn’t an open society tend to confront extremism better because it knows more about it, more about the warning signs, the signposts that lead to it?…Isn’t it preferable that when someone says “I like Hitler,” we can articulate why we don’t like Hitler, as opposed to just asking “Who?” end quote.


Pretending monsters don’t exist doesn’t make them go away. It just leaves you more vulnerable to them.