Politics And Politics In 1984, By George Orwell

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“In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia” (Orwell, “Politics” 5). Living in the aftermath of World War II, and seeing how political inactivity gives rise to dictators like Adolf Hitler, it is no surprise that George Orwell commented on the common man’s relationship to politics. His political beliefs fed into his work, perhaps most notably the ominous 1984. The novel details a totalitarian government dominating every aspect of the people’s lives—even what is considered truth and what is considered false. Deeply troubled by the state of the world before and after the war, Orwell wrote the frighteningly…show more content…
However, with this picture in mind, the novel continues to be an image of a future totalitarian society—even with the fall of the Soviet Union. In the United States, fears of an uncontrollable, insatiable government dominating every aspect of life have been prevalent since the founding of the nation. New questions continue to arise over government control, and 1984 stands as a chilling picture of total control. One of the major debates today in American politics is the use of surveillance for the security of the nation. Orwell addresses this very issue in the novel through the Party’s use of telescreens. In the first description of the telescreens he writes, “The instrument could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely…The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously…It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time” (Orwell, 1984 6). The Party’s dominating technology allows them to continually be watching members in such a way that independent thought is not possible. On a smaller scale, the U.S. government’s surveillance of the people has increased since 9/11. The question then becomes how much freedom are citizens willing to sacrifice for safety and peace of mind? Orwell paints a picture of what happens when citizens allow total domination of their privacy. As the issue of surveillance versus privacy continues to be discussed in American politics, 1984 remains a pertinent point in the conversation due to its
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