[QUOTE=GreenGeek;4499406]Thank you. Indeed I have read 1984.
I wonder if Orwell had changed the date to 2014, whether things would
be different now. I remember people in 1983 fearing whether we were
"creating 1984". This fear seems muted today.[/QUOTE]
Unfortunately i think the lack of fear stems from a society that is less concerned about the spread of governmental power, and less familiar with history and political science which teach us to fear and mistrust the government, especially as it grows and grabs power. Where once owning a firearm, and planning for the contingency that the government ceased to be of, by and for the people was considered being a responsible citizen. Now, you are considered a conspiracy theory nut job, a danger to society.
The government educates us. It will give us medicine when we are sick, food when we are hungry. It tells us, through it's school system and policies what values are correct. It tells us which accomplishments matter, and even which attributes are most desirable in a citizen. Things are very much trending towards a "1984" styled existence, however we have one major advantage over those in Orwell's world. The people of Oceania couldn't see what was happening outside of their world, and compare it with the bastardization of freedom they had. I believe that America's saving grace may be the ability for it's citizenry to look out across it' oceans and see other countries surpass us in many ways.