It used to be required reading in nearly every school I knew of growing up. George Orwell's classic dystopian novel, 1984, which predicted the ominous growth of all-seeing government in its blind pursuit of power offered us often-distracted high school kids a suspense filled page-turner as well as a discussion-inciting and thought-provoking couple of weeks in English class. Not too bad for a work that was published almost half a century before.
I teach in a high school now, and can say with certainty that 1984 is no longer standard fare for literature class. Of course, there's really no reason for kids today to read about something they are simultaneously living. Consider how much modern American society has come to perfectly embody the novel's prescient slogan:
"War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength."
One of the paradoxical points Orwell makes with the slogan is that The Party (i.e., those in power) has so manipulated the masses, it has inverted the very meaning of words. Down doesn't mean down if The Party says it means up. And anyone who dares to contradict them are an enemy to the common good.
This is the very reality those of us living in a post-Christian America are facing. Just ask former Denver Post columnist Jon Caldara:
A columnist at The Denver Post claimed on Friday that he was fired for recognizing only two sexes.
"What seemed to be the last straw for my column was my insistence that there are only two sexes and my frustration that to be inclusive of the transgendered (even that word isn't allowed) we must lose our right to free speech," wrote columnist Jon Caldara, the president of a libertarian think tank known as the Independence Institute, in a Facebook post announcing his [firing] from the paper.
Make sure you read that first line again. He was fired for acknowledging there are only two sexes – male and female. Put another way, he was fired for acknowledging a truth that every human civilization in recorded history has known and believed. But today? Today in a post-truth culture, down is up, ignorance is strength – it's so strong that it will destroy you should you resist it.
And just to be clear, this isn't a case of Caldara holding unaccommodating or uncooperative views on those who identify as a different sex. To the contrary:
"I don't care who uses whose bathroom, what you wear, or how you identify. People from this community have rights which we must protect," Caldara went on, "But to force us to use inaccurate pronouns, to force us to teach our kids that there are more than two sexes, to call what is plainly a man in a dress, well, not a man in a dress violates our right of speech."
And where were all those champions of a brave, free press? Where were the Chuck Todds and Jake Tappers of the world? The Brian Stelters and Jim Acostas who wring their hands about the dreaded silencing of the vital voice of the journalist? Didn't speak a word as one of their own was put out to pasture for daring to...wait for it...speak truth to power.
Unfortunately for Caldara, the power he spoke truth to wasn't the Orange Man in the White House. Had he done that, he would no doubt be enjoying his first Pulitzer nomination. No, he spoke plain, simple truth in the face of a fascist sexual revolution – one that owns our media, our entertainment industry, pop culture, academia, and has lawmakers running scared.
And what's maybe the most bizarre angle to consider in this sorry tale is that Caldara's thesis – that there are two distinct sexes that exist, and that's it – is precisely what the lesbian, gay, and bisexual movements assume and promote to be true. You can't be a woman attracted to a woman if there's no such thing as a woman. The term bisexual itself presupposes the existence of a gender binary – the very thing Jon Caldara was canned for affirming.
The whole scene reminds me of another famous 1984 quote:
"Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them."
The calendar may read 2020, but it's never been more 1984, thanks to The Party – that is, the LGBT revolutionaries and their complicit allies too cowardly to tell the truth no matter how obvious it is. If you don't believe me, there's a current job posting at the Denver Post that should convince you.