The Feminist Retelling

The Guardian newspaper out of Great Britain reports that the estate of Eric Arthur Blair, better known as George Orwell, has granted permission to rewrite his classic dystopian nightmare book NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR from a feminist perspective.

The tale is reimagined from the viewpoint of Winston Smith’s lover Julia, who operates a writing machine in the Fiction Department of the Ministry of Truth.

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book was rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

How will the Woke Lunatic Left reword this passage to defang it of its grimly grinning, gallows’ humor in a book rewritten to suit the eternal present in which the Left is always right?

This book and apparently one more, extolling a general hatred of men is coming from the heirs of Eric Arthur Blair. The article has details and references that I will allow you to delve into on your own.

I sense a coming bomb. And not in a good way.

 

A Modern Landing Craft

The Navy’s new Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) program envisions procuring a class of 24 to 35 new amphibious ships to support the Marine Corps, particularly in implementing a new Marine Corps operational concept called Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO). (June 17, 2021, long-range Navy shipbuilding document envisions procuring a total of 24 to 35 LAWs, while other Navy documents refer to a requirement for 35 LAWs.) The Navy envisions the first LAW being procured in FY2023.

The Commandant has suggested that he will reduce the size of the Marine Corps to absorb the cost. I thought that was interesting. You don’t hear that sort of thing often, do you?

The EABO concept was developed with an eye toward potential conflict scenarios with China in the Western Pacific. Under the concept, the Marine Corps envisions, among other things, having reinforced-platoon-sized Marine Corps units maneuver around the theater, moving from island to island, to fire anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs) and perform other missions so as to contribute, alongside Navy and other U.S. military forces, to U.S. operations to counter and deny sea control to Chinese forces. The LAW ships would be instrumental to these operations, with LAWs embarking, transporting, landing, and subsequently reembarking these small Marine Corps units.

As conceived by the Navy and Marine Corps, LAWs would be much smaller and individually much less expensive to procure and operate than the Navy’s current amphibious ships. LAWs would cost about $130 million each to procure.

 

Historical Corner

By the time of Nelson’s Navy, transporting horses over long distances by ship was nothing new, even the Persians did it in 1500 BC, but the conditions there were a bit more pleasant for the animals than in the 16th or 17th century.

The first difficulty one faced was to get the animals safely on board. This provided challenges with ships that consisted of several decks, so they were lifted/hoisted.

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European horses boarding a ship bound for America. Escuela de a cavallo, Salvador Rodríguez Jordán. Madrid, 1751

The animal was blindfolded and hoisted on board via pulleys. Once on the ship, they were placed in small compartments so that the animals would not injure each other in heavy seas. From the early 18th century onwards, horses were transported on purpose-built ships that only carried animals.

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A contemporary model of the midship section of a vessel showing arrangements for the transportation of horses (circa 1760) 

Depending on the size of the transporter, up to 100 horses could be shipped, but the number per ship was more usually around 40. These ships traveled in large convoys with the soldiers who were also brought to British North America. Depending on the convoy, several hundred horses could be shipped.

Unfortunately, this kind of journey was a high-stress factor for the animals and many did not survive the crossing.

Discharging the horses 

Another risk was the unloading, which usually did not proceed in the same way as the loading, and the animals were often made to jump into the sea and swim ashore. This was too much stress for many of them and they died a little later.

 

18 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, the official MiniTruth version of 1984…

    This level of recursive irony might tear a hole in space-time.

    I’m beginning to wish that we’d had a global strategic nuclear exchange in the late ’70s. What do you guys think?

    -Kle.

    • The world that we grew up in and raised families in no longer exists. Whether this one is worth living in is a debate worth having.

      If you could go back and launch the warheads, on China, would it have been worth it if Russia agreed to sit it out?

      However, the real fault (dear Caesar) “is not in the stars but in ourselves.”

    • There are times when a clean slate (achieved by “any means necessary”) sounds like a good idea, but generally I’m not in favor of nuke exchanges, past or future. If nothing else, it’s too impersonal. Lately I’ve come to subscribe to the idea of “You can always take five with you.” (Why five? It seems achieveable by an ordinary person with a modicum of discipline. Obviously former SOF types could do far, far better. But one doesn’t want to set the bar too high, lest it be a discouragement to the regular Joe. Anyhoo …)

      The bit about “feminist 1984” got me reviewing the different “waves” of feminism. So-called First Wave feminism was about suffrage. Second Wave was about changing society fundamentally (“tearing down the patriarchy” and “sexual emancipation”). Third Wave dragged in identitarian politics and even less savory things. I’m betting that “Feminist 1984” will be from a Third Wave perspective. Incidentally, it wouldn’t do to notice patterns about the leadership (or at least the public face) of Second Wave feminism in the US.

      Finally, I wonder if Eric Blair had an heir who was interested in protecting his legacy, but control over the estate has now passed on to another group more interested in money than legacy. Much as the death of Christopher Tolkien made possible the abomination-to-be that is/will be the Amazon Middle Earth TV series. Game of Thrones in Numenor and Negro hobbits. (Prediction: Sauron — then-called-Annatar — will be bisexual, or maybe somehow trans.) O Brave New World, that has such wonders in it!

  2. Mr. Orwell would have appreciated the irony of rewriting 1984 better than most people.

    I have a friend that barrel races horses. She tells me that they are, in some respects, remarkably fragile animals and it is a wonder they survive as well as they do.

    A small wager: I bet by the time the LAWS are fielded they will cost a minimum of 500 Million dollars. Any takers?

    As far as a nuclear exchange goes, I get your point but during the 70s both the Soviets and the US had about 30K warheads of one sort or another with Britain and France having fewer but still many times what they field now. That would have been, to put it mildly, a mess. We could probably actually survive a limited nuclear war nowadays, yields are smaller and the number of physics packages on the globe is far fewer. Better yet, we can continue to use them to scare the dickens out of the other side and keep them in their current silos/ missile tubes and storage sites. China is a bit nervous making though since they are building up at a pretty frantic pace. By the middle of the decade they could probably have enough warheads to survive a first strike with a good chance of retaliating successfully.

    • China has all sorts of geographic problems when it comes to surviving nuclear winter. The question is whether or not having 50 million people after the blast damage and starvation looks appealing. Owning Jo/Ho may give them some advantage that puts their thumb on the scale.

  3. The smaller cheaper amphibs the Marines want sound like some of the ships the Army has. Did you know the Army has more ships than the Navy?
    They could quickly and cheaply test the concept by buying the ones the Army is selling.

    • I think that most of the old Army mothball fleet has been turned into razor blades. Your point is well taken, though, that was the case at one point. The old amphib navy is more or less gone too. We don’t have landing ship tanks (LST) anymore and the Marine Corps got rid of its main battle tanks more recently, swapping them out of lighter options. Of all the services, the Marines may have been the more transformed given their assault ships with F-35’s and so forth.

  4. I can imagine the horse urine and droppings seeping down into those barrels below decks. Was that wine?

    A friend had to troubleshoot a problem with a radio system on a 747 cargo plane. IIRC, going from Minnesota to Japan. Carrying horses. Thoroughbreds for racing.

    As he’s getting into the plane and settling into where he’s going to work, a guy is cutting out blocks of foam to stuff into the air conditioning ducts. He asked why and the guy casually explained that as the horses “function” it runs down to the low points on the decks and into the air ducts.

    After the flight, the cleaning crews had a horrible job. It wasn’t much fun for my friend either.

    • Some number of years ago, a friend of mine bought and sold commercial aircraft, mainly in the third world. He told of passenger aircraft operated by Iran Air (post-Shah). He said that they eliminated passenger seats and installed hand-holds from the overhead. They could put more passengers on each flight, and flight safety was not their first priority. They flew these for several years and then tried to sell them. They were not structurally airworthy. He said that the passengers urinated and that the uric acid ate into the structure. So other than smelling like a flying toilet, they were beyond repair.

    • @LL: Please please tell me these planes with the standing hand-holds were Airbus equipment. (tish-boom! Try the veal and tip your waiter generously.)

      We used to scan pigs (S. scrofa, not an insult) in the MRI. These were anesthetized and intubated, so they didn’t fight (or suffer, I hope), but when they were euthanized after the experiment (IV bolus of potassium chloride) often they’d release bowel and bladder. Now the pigs were in a sort of makeshift “tub” made of plastic sheeting, but leaks and spills happen. I really felt for the poor guy who had to crawl in and clean up afterwards. Also, the smell. Even after a good scrubbing the scanner would smell of pig for at least an hour. Which was pretty unpleasant for the patient who got scanned after the pig.

      • The Shah supported Boeing. These were old 727’s. (no rim shot required).

        I would think that the teaching hospital would pop for separate space if they were killing pigs (without the benefit of a pitmaster overseeing the smoking and preparing of the S. scrofa). Does cleaning up after a pig equate to an Iranian flying urinal?

        In Iran, I am reliably told, that they don’t try and make male urination fun by painting pictures of Nancy Pelosi with her mouth open or filling the trough with ice for you to melt. ANY decent bar in Boston will fill the trough with ice. Of course, female urination is thought about in different terms in the theocracy, where sand people are ruled almost directly by god (lower case g).

    • I think that you’re right. The concept of swarms of Marine companies bouncing from island to island to defend against the People’s Liberation Army’s Navy is being refined. I know that the USMC wants a lot of flexibility with these ships and if you pour larger naval crews and CWIZ or Rolling Airframe Missiles for point defense, they get larger and the price becomes unwieldy.

      They’re sort of a powered barge, may be commanded by a USN lieutenant, with a flotilla commanded by a USN commander? The Navy likes the idea of more commands at sea for its officers, with a relatively small crew footprint.

      I think that they will happen. Whether they are employed against the Chinese navy is another matter – somewhat of an imponderable at this point.

  5. Horses are far frailer than mules, for example. Maybe MRSPAULM could shine some light on that subject. Old US Army campaigners during the Geronimo War in Arizona rode mules for that reason. They could go farther on less provender and water than a horse and were generally tougher on the campaign than standard army remounts.

    • I grew up around horses and mules. Packing in dudes/hunters and packing out game, I prefered mules. They are smarter than horses and less likely to spook. Having loaded/unloaded many equine in trailers, I can only marvel at those sailors.

  6. I agree with WWW.

    That said, the sooner 1984’s rewritten the better. As it is, doubleplusbad wrongthought.

    And we can imagine tiny companies of marines getting wiped out by massive ChiCom numbers as they chug from island to island in their landing craft.

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