Fear to control the masses is turning out to hold true in our modern society. Author George Orwell published his most famous book, 1984, in 1949. But is Orwell’s writing coming to fruition today?
In the utopian society of Oceania, there were never-ending wars, surveillance by the government, and brainwashing accomplished with a political system that is administered by the privileged elite. Could this novel be a warning about the dangers society is facing in 2021?
In Orwell’s novel, citizens feared they were being watched by “Big Brother.” Anyone who challenges what Big Brother tells them can be guilty of a thought crime via the “Thought Police.” Motivated by fear, anyone may be a member of the thought police and may betray you in the novel.
Fast forward to 2021. Big Tech introduced “Fact-Checkers” If someone dares to challenge the liberal narrative, they are deemed as spreading false information. During a time of cancel culture and the need to be seen as “woke,” Orwell’s predictions of the world’s state are scary. According to Orwell, perpetuated through the use of fear, the citizens of Oceania feared being watched through their telescreens.
Review Sharyl Attkisson’s investigative expose, part 1 and 2, on Big Tech censorship and funding of controlled opposition Fact-Checkers:
The same can be said about people today fearing being monitored through smart devices. Today, an argument can be made that fear drives our behavior to not disagree for fear of losing our jobs, etc. Another similarity in Orwell’s 1984 is the “Ministry of Truth,” where one of the main characters’ jobs is to remove words from the dictionary.
Recently, Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary immediately changed the definition of the word “preference” to align with a talking point by Senator Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii. At the confirmation hearing for the United States Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Merriam-Webster, the noted reference book and dictionary publisher, added the word “offensive” to its entry and usage guidance of “preference” and “sexual preference” when referring to sexual orientation after the issue came up during Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
During the hearing, Barrett was asked whether she agrees with the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s criticism of the same-sex marriage ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges – the landmark case which legalized gay marriage in the United States and which advocates worry Barrett would not support if confirmed to the nation’s highest court. Barrett’s answered, “I have never discriminated on the basis of sexual preference and would never discriminate on the basis of sexual preference.” That response drew considerable blowback to LGBTQ advocates who say “sexual preference” wrongly implies that sexuality is a choice.
One of the most frightening similarities between 1984 and today is the indoctrination of children. In the book 1984, Big Brother was continuously brainwashing the citizens of Oceania. As the woke class of today focuses on indoctrinating the children of 2021, so did the utopian party of Big Brother as written in 1984.
Was Orwell ahead of his time? A time traveler? Or likely a person that understood human nature and the dreams of the Left’s great society of despair and control.
Welcome to the fictional 1984 – or present-day 2021.