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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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Michael Payne is an independent, progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a featured writer on Opednews and Nation of Change and his articles have appeared on many other websites (more...)

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