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Old 06-14-2013, 11:14 AM   #92
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Originally Posted by houghtam View Post
True, but the real horror Orwell was writing about wasn't the technology. It wasn't even necessarily the oppressive government. It was the silent complicity of the ignorant public. He purposely didn't write much about how things got to be that way. Oppression on a macro level is a danger, for sure. But according to Orwell, oppression on the individual level, that is, fearmongering which causes the citizenry to turn on one another (and eventually themselves) is the true terror. He even more or less explicitly explained this in the scene where Winston witnesses the mob react in the crowded square. It was there he realized "if there was hope, it must lie in the proles, because only there, in those swarming disregarded masses, eighty-five percent of the population of Oceania, could the force to destroy the Party ever be generated."

B cannot happen without A.

To put it another way, oppression isn't the cause of loss of individualism. The voluntary, fear-based decision to give up on individuality sets up an environment ripe for government oppression.
Somebody once said, "The only thing we need to fear is fear itself."
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