On Why the United States of America Is Not a Utopia

Jack Schwandt

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 1/1/1984

Issue: 1984 (Vol. 4, No 1, Winter, 1984)

Our pundits did not wait until 1984 to tell us about George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty- Four. And much of what they have said, within the last year or so, has been no more surprising than this fact. We have been reminded in newspapers and on television, for example, as if we could forget, that we have a large bureaucracy; that technology now gives it the means to exercise an unprecedented kind of surveillance over citizens; that controlling our lives is made all the easier for it by our corrupt language, which disables us from recognizing the smiling face of bureaucratic terror for what it is. And so on.

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