- Constant warfare provides a way to control popular opinion and protect the status of the upper class. (War on drugs, terror.)
- Doublethink--believing something that you know is false--destroys people's sanity and rationality.
- Mindless entertainment (produced for and distributed to the proles in 1984) keeps people from making any meaningful intellectual achievements. (MTV, anyone?)
- Constant surveillance restricts free thought. (NSA warrentless wiretapping, NYC surveillance.)
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I finished reading George Orwell's 1984 last night. Somehow I made it thorough middle school and high school without reading it, so this was my first time. It made me think a lot about government. A few key points from the book that I think are especially salient today: