Why George Orwell’s 1984 Got it Right
In June, 2013, book sales of George Orwell’s 1984 spiked to record sales after the news of the NSA surveillance broke. Orwell might have been wrong about the year, but he was on to something much bigger than even he knew. We found out that “Big Brother” is really watching us. All of the conspiracy theorists that society used to scoff at are being listened to a little more carefully. Snowden is still a wanted man for just letting us know that the unthinkable of our country spying on us in ways we would not think, was in fact happening.
Orwell need to explain why he wrote his now so famous book because he, as well, did not think that the general public should remain naive and in the dark about their governments.
In a 1944 letter to Noel Willmett, George Orwell laid out the thesis behind his next book, Nineteen Eight-Four, railing against the inevitable rise of Stalin, Anglo-American millionaires and “all sorts of petty fuhrers” who will prosper by means of anti-democratic caste systems. He explains that he supports going to war against Hitler as the lesser of two evils, but makes it clear that the great threat to the world is authoritarianism and its attendant systematic falsification of history, accepted by the intelligentsia so long as it is being undertaken by people on “our side.”
On the whole the English intelligentsia have opposed Hitler, but only at the price of accepting Stalin. Most of them are perfectly ready for dictatorial methods, secret police, systematic falsification of history etc. so long as they feel that it is on ‘our’ side. Indeed the statement that we haven’t a Fascist movement in England largely means that the young, at this moment, look for their fuhrer elsewhere. One can’t be sure that that won’t change, nor can one be sure that the common people won’t think ten years hence as the intellectuals do now. I hope they won’t, I even trust they won’t, but if so it will be at the cost of a struggle. If one simply proclaims that all is for the best and doesn’t point to the sinister symptoms, one is merely helping to bring totalitarianism nearer.
Two and two could become five if the fuhrer wished it.
Orwell’s insights were more prophetic than fiction. He saw something coming to fruition that is not what our country was supposedly founded on. As for Snowden, some view him as more of a hero than traitor and that he did the right thing. Our society has the right to know what the government is doing. Unless brave souls step up to reveal this information, it will remain reserved for the very few, the privileged one percent.
Amusing Ourselves to Death by Stuart McMillen (May 2009)
Aldous Huxley (Author: “Brave New World”) vs. George Orwell (Author: Nineteen Eighty-Four)
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