The Manipulated Past

Source: CounterPunch
by Lawrence Davidson

“There is a saying from George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, ‘Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’ Actually, that is not just a fictional conjecture. All nations seek to control popular perceptions of their past in ways that promote patriotism. We also know how relatively easy it is to implant false memories, or in this case, historical ‘memories’ that are attuned to a particular ideological point of view. Revolutions have led to the revamping of history books and ideologically-based censorship is not uncommon. Teach such a contrived outlook to two or three generations of school children and you will have helped shape the future behavior by controlling how the past is understood.” (02/09/24)