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1984: Modern Parallells (Book review from an anarchist's perspective)

Hi friends,

A while back I started reading George Orwell's 1984. Although I already knew what the story was about, I still wanted to read it because it's such a classic. Now I've finished reading it. It was a lot to take in, especially because this book was written long before the year 1984. Therefore, it's quite frightening how so many of Orwell's predictions (partially) came true.

In this post I will share the things I noticed were very similar to the world we live in now.


War is peace Freedom is slavery Ignorance is strength

This is the party slogan of Ingsoc, the ruling government in the book. I think all three sentences are quite literally true today. First of all, War is peace. Since 9-11 Western powers have constantly been at war under the pretext of "spreading democracy" and also defending freedom at home. The ugly truth is that this isn't the case at all. The wars have created more new enemies, which of course justifies eternal war under the same pretext. Secondly, Freedom is slavery. Governments and their supporters around the world claim that democracy is freedom. The truth is, however, that in a lot of countries we work around half of our time for the state through taxation. So, if having a 100% of the fruits of your labor taken away, at what percentage is it not slavery? If we were free, we would have had the option to opt out of the government racket. Thirdly, Ignorance is strength. Nowadays, especially in public schools, education becomes more about obeying than learning. Moreover, kids are only taught what to think, not how to think. However, the more you have been in school, the more prestigious you ought to be in the real world.


Big Brother is Watching You

This one is the most obvious. Today we live in a massive surveillance state. Now, being in public and on the internet is your own choice, but the problem is that various government agen...

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