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Orwell's "1984" becoming a reality in modern-day America

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=""> In George Orwell's classic novel, "1984", one can see a striking resemblance between the fictional nation of Oceania and the America of today. Orwell's novel was a look into the future in which Oceania (supposedly Britain), Eurasia (Russia) and Eastasia (China) fight a perpetual war to dominate the world. In this scenario, all we need do is to replace Britain with America and we have an eerily accurate picture of our world today.

In this novel, published in 1949, Oceania is depicted as a nation of perpetual war, pervasive government, public mind control and the voiding of civil rights. Could that description fit America today? Well, one thing is certain; if America has not yet arrived at that point, we seem to be heading in that very direction.

No, America does not have a Ministry of Truth, a Ministry of Peace (in "1984" war was considered peace), a Ministry of Plenty, or a Ministry of love (meaning love for only Big Brother and the Party), at least, not yet. But, examine Orwell's depiction of a world of perpetual war, pervasive government, public mind control and the voiding of civil rights and see how it relates to the America of today. Then ask this question; is America evolving into the living example of Orwell's journalistic masterpiece?

Perpetual War that should a no-brainer; since the end of World War II, the U.S. has conducted wars and military actions in: the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Bosnia, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. If that is not perpetual war, then what is it?

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