I got a fun email today from a group calling itself the “Competative Enterprise Institute,” which claims to be all about saving us from encroaching government and evils of whoever it is picking on this week.
The email, really a press release, says that this is the 60th anniversary of George Orwell’s book “1984,” which painted a pretty horrific vision of the future: Massive government control that stays in power by continual fear mongering. In this case, it says, the environmental movement, led by Al Gore, is trying to bring about one-world government through environmental restrictions.
It then goes on to use those very same tactics to make its point:
“CEI’s 90-second video campaign dramatizes this threat. The video follows in the steps of Apple Computer’s 1984 Super Bowl ad and the 2007 anti-Hillary Clinton “Vote Different” parody. It shows – in place of Big Brother – Al Gore lecturing a captive audience on the need to crack down on energy use, economic growth and personal freedom.“Mr. Kazman stated: “Orwell’s nightmarish society rested on a never-ending war fought on constantly shifting battlefronts. Nothing in our experience comes closer to that war than the current campaign to restrict humanity’s carbon footprint.”