Saturday, June 24, 2006

Totalitarianism


Over the next three weeks, we'll be looking at American Freedom and what it means. We're going to begin by looking at what can happen when Liberty is stolen. These two classic cautionary tales are, I think, just as, if not even more relevant today than they were when they were penned over 50 years ago. George Orwell's "1984" looks at a society where the government has made it a crime for independent thought. The citizen lives under constant threat of random electronic surveillance, and people can be taken without cause. Aldous Huxley painted a picture of technology run amok. The world has become depersonalized. People have become self-indulgent sheep. Love and affection are dead.

Although, both of these stories have relevant points for today's listener, I ask you to listen carefully to "1984." I feel we may be edging chillingly close to Orwell's nightmarish vision.

As always, please feel free to leave comments. Over the next two weeks I shall finish this series on Freedom. I would like to hear YOUR thoughts.

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