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  •  I don't get the reference even still (0+ / 0-)

    it's been a while since I read 1984 . . . .

    •  It's the book-within-a-book (0+ / 0-)

      In 1984, there's a treasonous book written by Emmanuel Goldstein, a character used by the government as a scapegoat.  That book, "On the Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism," basically lays down in bare technical terms what the book is really about, how and why the governments evolved into totalitarian dictatorships, etc etc.  In a way, 1984 contains its own Cliffs Notes.

      Outside the novel, references to Emmanuel Goldstein generally designate some kind of sophomoric persecution complex.  The hacker editor of 2600 magazine chose Goldstein as a pseudonym, for example.  Here, the diarist conflates the names to make a simplistic suggestion that Bin Laden is merely some fictitious prop used as a scapegoat by a soviet-style government.

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