George Orwell's 1984

We Are Living in George Orwell’s 1984

May 24, 2016
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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.

 

Stay hungry,

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  • Claudio Frollo

    Very true and one key point was missed: you cant express your thoughts freely to others, if you deviate much from mainstream they quickly label you as crazy, phony, etc.
    You cant either fully trust anyone today not even close friends and family, money and power, fear dominates it all…
    This is happening everywhere far and beyond from USA…

    • Good point, Claudio. A consequence of an overly PC culture.

  • Blue Medeiros

    If you’d really read the book without your angry uneducated cis white man goggles on you’d have realised that The Party’s political alignment was left purposefully ambiguous, as Orwell despised totalitarianism in all forms, but was actually a democratic socialist. Also I’m a British student and I still don’t know anyone who doesn’t know who Thomas Jefferson is.
    Lots of love,
    A pansexual, 18 year old Brit who’s just desperate to ruin your day
    xoxo

  • Federico Poli

    you wrote a big pile of shit, typical of the brain washed wealthy american boy

    • Federico,

      First of all, hello to you too. Second, I’m Canadian. Third, I grew up with a single mom for much of my childhood – rich we were not. Fourth, think before you speak/write.

      I love freedom. How’s that a bad thing?

  • Jeremy

    In the novel “1984” by George Orwell there is a never ending war. The same can be said for today’s youth. Anyone who was born at the turn of the century has experienced constant war. In “1984” the same happens with the three superstates Oceania, Eastasia, and Eurasia. Unfortunately the citizens of Oceania are basically in the dark when it came to the war, they just knew what the upper Party members and Big Brother decided to tell them. They also were faced with the changes in who the war was with, and who it had always been with. Fortunately, today we are able to easily find out who we are at war with, but we don’t always know what is going on in the war. We only know what the government and media tell us, which sometimes that can be biased. When the century had changed and a new era of children were born, we were faced with war. There has always been war and we have not necessarily been in a world were there has not been war. It is in these ways that the people of today are living in Orwell’s “1984”.

  • mmilller

    I never really thought of how oblivious the present generation is when it comes to not only foreign countries’ history, but the history of the United States as well. The section called “History Erased” in the article was a really awakening excerpt. It is easy to say that the Millennial generation has little to no knowledge on the history of most wars and famous country documents due to the evolving school curriculum. Schools have increased more elective classes and lowered core curriculum standards throughout the years. The less students aware of the past can lead to the famous quote of Orwell’s novel “1984”, “Who controls the past, controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” This overall statement says it all. If the country becomes less and less educated on the history and current world affairs, it would be profoundly easier for the government to manipulate currents and the past. So could the education system be opening up to knew artistic ideas to help benefit students or are they lowering historical topics to benefit themselves?

    In Orwell’s novel “1984”, the Party made the country of Oceania believe they were always at war with Eastasia, Even if the tables were turned and Oceania was at war with Eurasia, the citizens always were told they were at war with Eastasia and since no one argues against the Party’s statements, it has stayed the same. The Party members are the only ones who know any information about the outside world. So the citizens of Oceania are left blind to the outside world and are only able to see the surroundings of their own country. This brings up some concerns we should have here in the United States. Orwell’s excerpt in “1984” about how the government systems work showed the true reasoning behind the ongoing war.

    Though we are suppose to trust our government and what the national news has to say about the updates on wars, could there be a chance that the wars across the Atlantic Ocean be as accurate as the reporters say? There is a high chance that they are not. This also can be correlated with the conspiracy theories of war in the United States. Some believe that our country creates wars because we need them. Without war, our economy would plummet. If we were at peace, all the soldiers would comeback unemployed which would increase the population of homeless people, and eventually lead to the downfall of the system. The relations between “1984” and today really opens up people’s eyes.

  • KGarber

    The similarities between 1984’s Oceania and the current state of affairs in the United States are striking. Specifically the fact that the United States is constantly at war across the globe and many citizens aren’t even sure where/ why we’re fighting in the first place. One of the Party’s slogans is “War is Peace”. This hits especially close to home as my generation has been the first to never know peace. Since our birth, the US has been constantly engaged in war. It is my honest opinion that Americans don’t know how to function in peace any longer. We need a shared enemy and a sense of purpose (not to mention the economic boost) that war provides. Giving Americans a common enemy to unite them in hatred, much like the 1984 character Goldstein, allows for real issues to go unnoticed. Americans are ready and willing give up their freedoms if it means “destroying ISIS” or whoever the enemy at the time may be. People don’t need to know who, where, or why we’re fighting, as long as they believe we’re right and winning. This is very clearly similar to the citizens of Oceania, who don’t blink an eye during the off again on again wars against Eurasia.

  • MHSK

    The United State’s current state of war is similar to 1984’s Oceania. As citizens of the United States, we have become so oblivious to actual issues in the world, half the time we don’t even know who we are fighting with and why. I am currently growing up in the generation that has no idea what peace really is, much like the slogan “War is Peace”. Since the day I was born, the US has been at war continually and always will be. We don’t know what peace is, we only know who to hate because the country is always fighting with someone. Fortunately, we usually know who we are fighting with unlike the citizens of Oceania. What we don’t know though, is that our only source of information on War is the government and media, which could be biased. This we will never know, the truth could easily be hidden right under us but because war has become a normal part of daily life, no serious investigation is necessary. The US has an enemy, which means war. That’s it.

  • Mercedes

    Some of the points in this article are exaggerated, but I still think that there are many similarities to Oceania in 1984 and the United States.

    I think the History Erased section is very powerful. I’ve had teachers admit to me that the material we learn in history text books might not be the whole truth, since many of the older stories were passes by word of mouth. Not all of the information in our text books came from primary sources. I think History Erased is also becoming a huge part of our reality in 2017, since our current administration tries to tell us that our news sources are lying to us. This becomes so confusing that we have no idea which sources we can rely on. When Trump tells us CNN is giving us “fake news,” that is most likely just his way of making sure Americans don’t know the truth.

    The constant war in both Oceania and the United States in recent decades is one of the most evident ways 1984 is becoming our reality. The US first tried to make constant war, like Oceania does, in the 20th Century when we had “The Cold War.” What even is a cold war? It just did exactly what the United States needed it for. It gave everyone a fear in a common enemy. It let the government play on our fears. When we’re all in fear, they can control us. Now there is the War on Terror. We were all against the Taliban, then Al-Qaeda, then ISIS (which somehow got changed to ISIL), now we don’t even know who we’re fighting. This is similar to how Oceania was fighting Eastasia, but then it was fighting Eurasia, but then Eastasia again. All we hear about is the constant terrorist attacks around the world,
    but no end to the war in sight. Once again, we have a constant war and
    the government is playing on our constant fears. The government needs the country to be at war at all times. “War is Peace.”

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