“All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”
If George Orwell had lived after Nineteen Eighty-Four, he would have been unacceptable to Facebook. In big, bold letters, the greatest newspapers, the purveyors of “truth” and “objectivity” would write “Radical extremist, and militant author pens book about authoritarianism!”
People would protest and ban the book. They might even change their profile picture to show how strongly they believe in it.
As a British citizen, George Orwell joined the Burmese Police Force, then wrote against colonialism. He then joined the guerillas fighting General Franco in Spain where he was shot and brought up on charges of treason. Later, he worked for the BBC, then quit, after he found it to be propaganda (though, a modern newspaper, hungry for the click-bait would probably say he “washed out of the BBC”). Then he became the editor of a socialist newspaper while he wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four. I’m sure you’ve heard of it.
There’s enough in there for a HuffPo take down piece, don’t you think?
One of the greatest political minds, and the great fore-teller of authoritarianism would probably be deemed an extremist, a radical, and numerous four-letter words typically used by the less-than-erudite of the Facebook comments section.
There is a George Orwell among us, I am sure. He’s probably gone off to join a guerilla force, fought in a war, jumped on and off some political bandwagons. And the stalwart guardians of truth, normalcy, adequacy – the court of public opinion – is probably going to beat him down.
We don’t want George Orwell’s in our society. They’re just too subversive. They make us uncomfortable.
Be ordinary. Be simple. Be boring. It’s what’s cool in 2017.