[ExI] 1984 and Orwell's Warnings
thespike at satx.rr.com
Wed May 21 18:06:29 UTC 2008
At 09:35 AM 5/21/2008 -0700, Lee wrote:
> Oh dear, did I offend anyone with the Orwellian remark
> "He who controls the present controls the past"? We
> must go back and change what he wrote, [I just did so, fixing
>Lee's typo--DB] just as people
> have gone back and changed what E.T.Bell wrote in
> "Men of Mathematics". 1984 should now read
> "She who controls the present controls the past."
Nobody would recommend that, I think. More likely, it'd be the slightly stuffy:
"One who controls the present controls the past."
"Those who control the present control the past."
But since Nineteen-Eighty Four describes a quintessentially
male-sexist, hierarchical culture, Orwell knew exactly what he was
representing/impersonating with those words.
Another way to generalize it is to revert to the Latinate form it mimics:
"Who controls the present controls the past."
[who finds "politically correct" usually deployed, as one of my
editors noted, "to justify every sort of loathsome racist, sexist
remark, as the journalist Fintan O'Toole once wrote."]
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