måndag 10 december 2012

Orwell 1984

If you are interested on how to start your own tyranny, I highly recommend 1984 as your blue-print with all the essentials. Eric Arthur Blair, more commonly known as Georgie-George Orwell, died five years after his Brits won the 2nd World War. Shortly before he died he predicted how the politics of the world would look like in 1984 and even though he was a few decades off, I think we all can agree that he was on the spot. G-man unveils the successful tyrannies of the future, split in the three parts Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia (Newspeak). Each part separated from the other and in constant war in order to keep national moral, stall technological progress and always be wakeful for what is today known as the 'threat'. All rhetoric and no freedom except for the chosen few. Fake leaders and fake enemies of fake states. Georgie himself? He wrote in 1946's Why I Write: "Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism, as I understand it." Indeed, this and Animal Farm confirms it. In addition, it's a love story and other saucy stuff.

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