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Read from Prophets

01/01/08 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Political, personal, humor, rant

My ex-wife would never read a novel or anything fiction. "It's not real, so why bother." Of course, some of her self-help and new age spirituality books might also fit that category. I myself was a big sci-fi fan, like so many other nascent-geeks. I liked the old classics of Jules Verne and those that were more contemporary like Asimov, Orwell, and Heinlein. What appealed to me was how so much of their fantasy turned to fact, like the expression on my great grandfather's face when we watched the moon landing together that summer in '69. He first told me of Verne's "From the Earth to the Moon," written in 1865.

So another example that reads like todays news, from the Illuminatus! Trilogy, written 1975:

More stringent security measures. Universal electronic surveillance. No-knock laws. Stop and frisk laws. Government inspection of first-class mail. Automatic fingerprinting, photographing, blood tests, and urinalysis of any person arrested before he is charged with a crime. A law making it unlawful to resist even unlawful arrest. Laws establishing detention camps for potential subversives. Gun control laws, Restrictions on travel.
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Instead of realizing that there is a conspiracy, conducted by a handful of men, the people reason---or are manipulated into reasoning--- that the entire populace must have its freedom restricted in order to protect the leaders. The people themselves agree that they can't be trusted.

Emphasis is mine.

Mind you, this novel is all about conspiracy theories, but the pattern is painfully familiar.

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2 comments

Comment from: kathy [Visitor] Email
kathyI'd go a step further - is there a need to read fiction when one can be so stimulated, horrified, amused and bewildered at the is that is?
01/04/08 @ 19:01
Comment from: winston smith [Visitor] Email
winston smithi've been trying to warn everybody since 1984 - they're no longer coming, THEY'RE HERE ! ! !
01/05/08 @ 19:53