Recently I bought the book named above and sat down to read it. A lot had been written about the book and praised it as humorous and yet revealing at the same time. I have enjoyed reading the book, which is written in easily accessible English and puts it arguments clearly forward, backed up with transcripts as examples for what O’Brien has confronted with a rather simple principle: Don’t argue, ask questions. The following lack of answers show clearly that controversial disputations, especially in the internet, are often hollow.
It is so simple that it is hard to understand why the book had to be written – but it definitely had to be written, and the transcripts show you why. It is cause for bewilderment that the media have gained such an influence and is never held to task over why it is printed or broadcast. We all know that newspapers are after our money and they want to increase sales, regardless of the consequences, but the consequences are made clear by O’Brien.
We desperately need to get back to principles of behaviour that prevent the moguls from leading us down a path that we’d rather not go, the consequences be known. His quote from Dostevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov” says it all:
Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And, having no respect he ceases to love.
I was probably too fast when I wrote that the book was “humorous and yet revealing”. It is a devastating witness to the fact that the people who want unbridled capitalism to rule and throw out (even to burn) workers rights, are using the EU, immigration, “fake news” etc. to suggest that they are the champions of working people and acquiring their vote. Whilst all the time planning their downfall and making a profit. People are believing these smooth right-wing Politicians, because they want someone to blame, but it is those who are to blame who present them with targets. You can see it in the amount of times they have changed their position, lied and denied that they ever said things they had said on live television.
We need to be wary of these people and O’Briens book helps us to do that.