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George Orwell's novel 1984 is a prediction, written in 1949, on how the world would exist in the future. In the novel, Winston Smith lives in Oceania, a totalitarian society ruled by Big Brother and the Inner Party. The rest of the world is split into two other countries, Eastasia and Eurasia, which are equally as powerful. In Oceania, the government censors thoughts and actions that are against the party and constantly monitors its citizens using telescreens and microphones. Winston becomes disgusted at the society that Oceania has become. In a journal, he writes about his thoughts and beliefs of the government and about his life. He always keeps his journal well-hidden so it is never found and no one recognizes his true thoughts and beliefs. Later in the novel, Winston learns about a secret society called the "Brotherhood." The secret society consisted of a group of rebels attempting to overthrow the government. Winston constantly seeks answers about his past, and in doing so he meets Julia, a woman who has the same beliefs as he does about Big Brother. The couple met their demise when they eventually got caught together in a trap set up by O'Brien, the supposed leader of the "Brotherhood." They were interrogated, brainwashed, and forced to learn to love Big Brother. The afterword of 1984 warns people that "unless the course of history changes, men all over the world will lose their most human qualities, will become soulless automatons, and not even be aware of it. (Orwell 313)" The afterword warns people to be wary of those that try to take our freedoms away. Orwell's novel, 1984, imagines what the future world would be like if the course of history did not change. There are some frightening similarities between 1984 and what our world has become, as well as some ideas presented in Orwell's novel that never came true in our society.

Big Brother is an example of one of the frightening similarities between 1984 and our current world. Big Brother exists in today's society in many different forms. However, unlike in 1984, the idea of Big Brother and what he stood for is usually not a single, concrete person or idea. Rather, Big Brother can be thought of as more of an abstract object, like a government. Government is always watching you and they know what you are doing. The government is known to monitor the internet, listen in on phone calls, and take video surveillance. Similarly to in 1984, the authorities that defend the government have been given many privileges in the field of surveillance. Authorities, like the FBI, can use surveillance and security to monitor and observe criminal activity. There are cameras everywhere now, in buildings, schools, malls, and the streets, watching everything we do. Easily and without knowing, a small high-tech camera could be installed in such a place as a bedroom. Such a camera could be used to monitor a person's life and could be interpreted as more of an intrusion, as in 1984, than an attempt to...

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The foresight behind George Orwell’s book ‘1984’ was remarkable. Written in 1949, at that time it was deemed as kind of a loony sci-fi story about a country known as Oceania (in 1984) that had been controlled by an overbearing, paranoid government insistent on manipulating every aspect of the citizens’ lives. I imagine Orwell was considered somewhat of a Tim Burton for his time…

One reads that book today and can’t help but notice the striking similarities between Orwell’s story and our reality in 2016. As upside down as 1984 is, the world we live in is not too far off.

One of the main elements of 1984 was a deteriorating standard of living for the people, yet they were told by their commie government to believe it was of the highest quality. And by blocking out information from other regions of the world, the people believed the government. The citizenry were brainwashed into believing a false reality where 2+2 = 5, history was rewritten to corroborate the communist government’s lies, sex wasn’t pleasurable and was solely for the purpose of conception, and the only thing one could love was Big Brother’ (the government). And, of course, any dissent was met with the harshest of punishments – you would be ‘vaporized’. In other words, no one would see you again.

 

Five Reasons 2016 is Akin to George Orwell’s 1984

History erased: In 1984, the key way Big Brother garnered so much power was by mind manipulation of the people. It ‘revised’ history – literally rewriting it to favor a communist agenda. World wars were erased from history, major inventions and other moments of human greatness, gone. As Churchill once said, “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”

Ask a group of American university students when the Declaration of Independence was written and the majority won’t have a clue. Ask them what the Confederate flag represents and the majority will likely tell you racism. Ask university students who Thomas Jefferson was and many won’t know. This is by design. Modern education is focused more on feelings and the various ‘genders’ than it is the history of the country. Despite history always repeating itself, it’s ignored or erroneously taught in the public education system. This creates a gullible and dependent society.

 

Against pleasure: In Orwell’s 1984, it was considered unacceptable to have sex for pleasure, to eat chocolate or have an alcoholic beverage of high quality. This was intended to keep people from seeking out life’s pleasures and possibly losing interest, and loyalty, in Big Brother.

Look at things today… we have ‘sin taxes’. We are forced to pay a penalty for purchasing alcohol, tobacco and for putting gas in our vehicles (carbon tax) because we are made to feel guilty for the damage we’ve apparently inflicted on the earth for trying to get to and from work each day. Even the size of  soda drinks are regulated in some places…

 

Rationing of food and energy: In 1984, food and energy were rationed because, as in all communist nations, there wasn’t much supply. While the government would lie to its citizens and attempt to make them believe the quality of their food and drink was among the best, truth was it was horrible, lacking the necessary nutrients. And they frequently dealt with rolling blackouts.

Look at today… we are scolded by the government for driving big trucks and SUVs, for keeping our air conditioning on in the summer; and the quality of our food is worse than ever.

Take a road trip through America today and you notice traces of the 3rd world, yet politicians continue to boast about how great Americans have it.

 

Socialism and Communism Dominate: In 1984, Big Brother led a communist state that brainwashed its citizens into believing its version of government was the only way to maintain a high standard of living, despite historical contradictions (which they feverishly tried to rewrite in their favor).

Today, Venezuela, which is literally rationing the use of hair dryers and consumption of sugar, is a failed, broke state that thought socialism would save it. Nevertheless, one of the three remaining American presidential candidates (#feelthebern) is running on the same ideas responsible for Venezuela’s collapse. And he’s surging in popularity among Millennials! (indoctrinated in American universities)

 

Thought Police: In 1984, censorship was extreme. The country was filled with spies for Big Brother whose job was to infiltrate social groups and seek out dissenters of the party. People were imprisoned for thinking in a manner Big Brother didn’t approve of.

Look at today… censorship and spying are out of control. From Net Neutrality to Facebook suppressing Conservative content, we are being muzzled. What’s worse, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch stated in March that the DOJ has discussed prosecuting climate change deniers! Imagine – right or wrong – being charged for an opinion. Don’t forget about the NSA spying on billions of emails, phone calls and text messages of ordinary Americans… free speech is under attack.

At the time George Orwell’s 1984 was published it was considered a piece of sci-fi horror. Today, it’s not too far off from the world we live in. Governments across the globe continue to grow in size and authority. Read a copy for yourself and see just how striking some of the similarities are between our world and Orwell’s horror. Click here to get your copy.

 

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Aaron

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