War, technology and an authoritarian regime have brought the world to a crossroads, while the truth and the obvious have been lost.

The person who issued this warning was not an activist for democracy or a hacker of the 21st century. The observation is from George Orwell. The year? 1936, the beginning of the Civil War in Spain, the rehearsal theater for the rupture in the concept of Humanity that would be established in the Second World War.

At that moment, Orwell would be surprised by the events that marked the beginning of the Spanish conflict. For him, with the totalitarianism and the new technologies of that moment, it was impossible to really know what was happening in the war.

The truth slipped through the reader’s fingers and seemed to lose strength with a value in the world. This realization led the writer to despair, even declaring that “history stopped in 1936”.

The public would only have competing versions, while attacks on the truth and irrelevance of facts would become as threatening as bombs.

In a text from 1943 and reflecting on 1936, he would say:

“I noticed that no event is reported correctly in a newspaper, but in Spain, for the first time, I saw newspaper reports that had nothing to do with the facts, not even the relationship that is implied in a vulgar lie. there were fighting, and utter silence where hundreds of men had been slain. I saw troops who had fought bravely denounced as cowards and traitors, and others who had never seen a shot fired, hailed as the heroes of imaginary victories; and I saw newspapers in London at selling these lies and intellectuals eager to build emotional superstructures on events that had never happened. I saw, in fact, history written not in terms of what happened, but of what should have happened along various ‘party lines'”.

Almost a hundred years later, in Brazil or Russia, the threats are repeated. Regimes that snub democracy, allied to new technologies, make it possible to create a scenario in which the truth no longer exists.

For groups in power in the Kremlin and on the Plateau, reality exists to be manipulated.

History is replaced by myths and versions. About the past and about the future. They lie daily as part of a deliberate political strategy.

In Russia, journalists are threatened with 15 years in prison if they choose to…do journalism. Obvious words like “war” are now censored and more than 16,000 people have been detained in Russian cities for holding protests against the conflict. Meanwhile, war crimes are piling up on Putin’s long table.

On the other hand, part of the international community has chosen to conveniently ignore the existence of extreme right-wing nuclei supporting the Ukrainian army.

In Brazil, this coming week, we will hear again from the top authorities of the country that the coup of 64 did not exist. “The forest doesn’t burn”, one of them still shouts, defying satellites and the scent of death. While the world denounces threats against indigenous people in the country, the head of the government mocks the facts and receives a desecrated headdress and medal.

The corruption? Let us pray.

The year 2022, whether due to the war in Ukraine or the election in Brazil, opens a new phase of the war against the truth. In such distant places, rescuing the facts became a subversive act.

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