By Sure, Keith;
Here are a few of the obvious reasons I can think of for this 1984 fanfic being submitted here:
1) proving that this blog will publish anything without verifying it (which has always been completely transparent as its stance, given how many posts are sourced from anonymous commenters). The way some of the details in this post echo previous posts indicate this is an effort to discredit everything posted here. (Regardless, a disinformation campaign against this blog does little against the accounts that have been published and aired by mainstream press, which are held to strict standards of fact-checking and triple-sourcing.)
2) taunting Catherine Oxenberg via some standard villainous mustache-twirling, as the post announces that Keith is taking pleasure in harming India and plans to do so indefinitely.
3) veiled threats towards anyone inside, since they’re all in the 1984 book club, and will understand the message being sold here: claiming that the cult has broken everyone beyond repair already. That even if they try to leave physically, they will never heal mentally, and either way, they’ll ultimately be killed someday. That love is meaningless, that people are selfish beings who ultimately only think of themselves when the chips are down, that freedom is slavery.
Which is silly. 1984 is not a how-to manual, it’s an alarm bell.
If there is something “hopeful” in this series being posted, I’d say it’s that it still appears to be deliberately aimed towards an audience of people left on the inside who are openly questioning everything now to sell them on a narrative of hopelessness. Even if this post was intended as a “prank,” it seems to concede thoughtcrime is becoming the norm. People are waking up and smelling the objective reality, and the only way the cult can cope is by weakly attempting to hammer in this doublethink nonsense. Except freedom is not slavery. And it’s too late. People have already glimpsed behind the curtain of the “smartest man in the world,” and learned there never was a great and powerful Oz in the first place.
And omnipotent Big Brother figures with absolute power don’t flee the country in cowardice. Mark Vicente said in an interview that when he encountered the DOS women earlier this year, he was disturbed at their obvious similarities in behavior to the women of The Handmaid’s Tale. Which is a far more apt comparison to what NXIVM is trying to create than an Orwellian future, isn’t it? A private country, closed to the outside, founded on pure loathing for women?
But just like in Gilead, no matter how hard this cult tries to break people down, there’s still something inside them that’s invincible. There’s always a piece left that Keith can’t touch. All his followers, one by one, are quietly discovering that invincible piece inside themselves. 1984 claims that last piece doesn’t exist, that the Party can destroy every last scrap of self and leave you hollow, but that’s already been proven false. Look at everyone who has undergone the worst this cult could dish out and walked away. Still standing. Still looking invincible.
And NXIVM is getting tripped up by the exact same mistakes Gilead does. Mothers’ fierce unconditional love for their children has been this cult’s undoing for quite some time now. Keith underestimates that love because he doesn’t understand it. He never will. And soon, just like Gilead, this cult will be relegated to a footnote in the history books, too.
Nolite te bastardes carborundorum, bitches.