Losing Freedom   3 comments

Writers of dystopian literature usually are readers of dystopian literature. I spent some time this winter re-reading 1984 by George Orwell and finally plowed all the way through the Gulag Archipelago by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Last year, I re-read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It’s scary how much these works parallel modern reality.

Bradbury predicted wall-to-wall media home rooms, ear buds, and the decline of reading. In The Veld, he predicted virtual reality and its potential for harm.

Solzhenitsyn wrote history, of course, and from a painfully personal perspective. The parallels between the Soviet Union of his day and the United States of our own will make your hair stand on end. The measures the Soviet Union used to crush and control its population are manifesting today in the United States.  The rule of law has been subverted and courts now reflect the decision of the regime. Government policies substantiate the business interests and provide kickbacks for military contractors. Laws serve political and corporate interests. Most lawmakers themselves do not represent any of their constituents, preferring to enrich themselves by thievery, selling out their country and drowning the populace in debt and strangling regulation.

The police departments have largely been “federalized,” with budgets and procedures increasingly dependent upon federal rather than local or state policies. Sheriffs who follow their appointed roles as elected law enforcement officials upholding Constitutional guidelines are being “phased out” of existence.  The changed demographics of government-sponsored “immigration” of illegals and “refugees” are rapidly negating the remainder of the two-party system to ensure that the Democratic party takes control for the future.

Orwell envisioned this.  His work of fiction foresaw mass surveillance increasing by the day.  The “internet of things” is primed to allow “telescreens” to watch our every movement, with a camera on every corner to cover the public areas.  Orwell hated totalitarianism, having personal experience with it. He recognized man’s propensity was to move toward the enslavement of his fellow man.

The world’s situation is directly paralleling “1984” as three great spheres of influence are being formed by the powers that  be. We see those shifts of influence into the divisions outlined by Orwell now, as the nations jockey for position and power.  In 1984, the three powers shifted alliance as needed, but even two of the super-states in alignment and concerted efforts could not topple the third.

Populations are being conditioned (and largely are ready) to accept the coming totalitarianism. In fact, most would gladly embrace collectivist thought and socialism.  We see the blending of government and corporation today in virtually every facet of life. Elections are an illusion provided to keep the citizenry dulled into believing we are choosing this state of affairs.

The more I watch freedoms disappearing day to day, the more I wonder if there is a way to stem the tide.  Orwell and Solzhenitsyn gave us blueprints to follow…frameworks that detail what is befalling us. I’ve got to wonder – will people in the future refer to the brief period of freedom enjoyed by the American people as a “work of fiction” nobody is allowed to read?

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Posted April 5, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in books

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  2. I’ve been re-reading those same books. Solzhenitsyn was one of my favorite assigned readings. I just put a hold on these at my library. Time to re-read them Thanks!

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