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Modern Day Dehumanization
Corruption in the government has always been apparent in societies of the past. Though our modern day government has gotten more effective at hiding it’s obvious corruption, it does not justify them from their actions. By critiquing totalitarianism, George Orwell in his novel 1984 provides a warning to people of all times and places to be wary of their governments. The many examples of government totalitarianism in 1984 can be seen through the eyes of the protagonist Winston as he struggles to break away in the society. Our society today is not far from the society that Orwell had envisioned in 1948. Through hidden doors and cracks of the system, the secrets and lies that the government has attempted to keep hidden from society becomes revealed sooner or later. Events that occur today reveal the American government’s abuse of power, which correlates with the totalitarianism in George Orwell’s 1984. Privacy is considered to be a basic right of an American. If one day the government were to have the right to take away this freedom of privacy, many problems would surely ensue, as people would become outraged. In the totalitarianism government of 1984, the people had no privacy at all. Whether they were at home or at work, they were constantly being monitored by the telescreens that the Party used to keep their citizens under constant surveillance. This took away any freedom the people had to do what they wanted without being under the constant watch of the inner party officials, “Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard […] Winston kept his back turned to the telescreen. It was safer, though, as he well knew, even a back can be revealing” (Orwell 6). Even as the story is opening, it is revealed through Winston how dangerous of a society he is in as no one has any privacy. The government that is completely dominated by totalitarianism constantly watches its citizens throughout the day. Anyone who wants to have their privacy has to consciously avoid the telescreens in hopes that maybe they will not be seen by the monitor’s constant stare. Today, the American government is also taking steps that will limit the rights of American citizens. In the Bush administration post 9/11, everyone was in a frenzy fearing another dreaded attack by terrorists and so many security measurements had to be taken. This is the justification used by the Bush administration as the illegal wiretapping of their so-called suspects ensued. An article published in The Washington Post states, “President Bush authorized a surveillance program in late 2001, allowing the NSA to monitor communications between the United States and foreign countries without court oversight […] On Sept. 7, 2006, President Bush defended the controversial program and urged Congress to give him additional authority to continue the warrantless eavesdropping” (Bush Administration's Warrantless Wiretapping Program par. 1). Now, anyone can be wiretapped by the government without any knowledge of it if they have the reason to. This is a violation of the privacy of Americans as their phone calls and e-mails can be traced without even knowing it. While the government is secretly doing these things and revealing them only as they are discovered, normal Americans go unsuspecting of their government and their corrupted ways. This is related to the totalitarianism seen in Orwell’s novel as the people in their society are constantly watched and monitored by the Party. In both instances, no privacy is given to the citizens of the societies because of the government trying to gain the ability to control and scare the people. Other tactics used by the government show the corruption within itself while it tries to cover its tracks.

The Party in 1984 built up its power using...
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