Wednesday, 01 July 2015 / TRUTH-OUT.ORG
  • Orwell, Huxley and the Scourge of the Surveillance State

    By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout | News Analysis

    Surveillance camera(Photo: Thomas Hawk/Flickr)In spite of their differing perceptions of the architecture of the totalitarian superstate and how it exercises power and control over its residents, George Orwell and Aldous Huxley shared a fundamental conviction. They both argued that the established democracies of the West were moving quickly toward a historical moment when they would willingly relinquish the noble promises and ideals of liberal democracy and enter that menacing space where totalitarianism perverts the modern ideals of justice, freedom and political emancipation. Both believed that Western democracies were devolving into pathological states in which politics was recognized in the interest of death over life and justice. Both were unequivocal in the shared understanding that the future of civilization was on the verge of total domination or what Hannah Arendt called "dark times."

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