This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The United States: A Modern Dystopia

3033 words - 12 pages

I. Introduction:
1. The two dystopias
2. Why the United States is a mix of both
II. Body:
1. Announcing the War
2. Synthesizing Unity
3. Silencing Opposition
4. Dehumanizing the Enemy
III. Conclusion:
1. The Hypocrisy of Modern Society

In English literature, two versions of dystopia exist. The first is the one George Orwell presented in his famous novel 1984.1 It is a dystopia in which the government engages in misinformation of its citizens, where the dictator is idealized and almost worshipped. It is a state that is in a constant state of war, suffering from historical amnesia and not realizing what its past really is. It is one where books are banned, and pain is inflicted to silence opposition. The second dystopia is that presented by Aldous Huxley in his novel Brave New World.2 In that dystopia, no one really cares about anything. It is just citizens getting entertained all the time. The government doesn’t even need to engage in misinformation, because no one even reads, and thus people have the same historical amnesia of the Orwellian world. It is a world driven by entertainment and desire. Inflicting pleasure is the way to oppress in that world. It can be argued that what the United State is in now is a mix of both. This paper will attempt to present how the synthesis of war occurs in a way that builds on inflicting both pleasure and pain.
The United States in undoubtedly a war-prone nation. Since its inception, no year has passed where it was not at a state of war with one nation or another. Over the last two hundred years, it has had ten major wars, as well as continuous military interventions in several countries. It started, of course, with the murder of thousands of Indians and the enslavement of thousands of Africans, as well as some white people. And, since it is a nation of immigrants, war has been a uniting factor for it. How war creates unity will be dealt with later in the paper. However, it is important to say that the amnesia present in both dystopias is one evident in the United States, and most revealed by the statement of George Bush after 9-11 ‘We are a peaceful nation.’3 Of course, the country that engaged in two world wars, the war of Vietnam, enslaved thousands of black people, launched war against Germany, France, Britain, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, East Asia, and many other countries is a peaceful nation! And weirdest of all, in a situation of victimhood, people buy such lies.
The United States’ culture is currently one of entertainment. Issues like the death and resurrection of the dog in the show ‘Family Guy’ hit in the headlines frequently.4 It is a culture in which an individual is bombarded everyday with 5000 advertisements5, as well as up to 16000 murders and 20000 acts of violence on television.6 If this is to generate anything, it would be apathy to human suffering and the excitement of the narcotic of war. This is the Brave New World part. As for the Orwellian part, it...

Find Another Essay On The United States: A Modern Dystopia

The Evolution of a United States Marine

2510 words - 11 pages evolution of becoming a United States Marine will give a young individual the best opportunity, along with the necessary tools to become successful in life; yet, it will be the most difficult journey a young man or woman will endure in their lifetime. Boot Camp Once individuals pledge to become a Marine, they are then shipped off to boot camp. They will be sent to Parris Island, South Carolina or the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, (MCRD) in San Diego

A Doctors Shortage in the United States

1099 words - 5 pages Doctors have always been regarded as one of the most prestigious professions in the United States. It is up there with lawyers and political leaders. Doctors they are usually considered pillars of their communities. From the beginning of our lives to the end of them we spend quite a lot of time with our doctor’s. It would make sense that we would want to know that there is always going to be enough of them to cover all Americans. With the

A People's History Of The United States

852 words - 3 pages Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Congress on July 2 and proclaimed July 4, 1776. By now most colonials had already experienced their feelings of independence and welcomed it. The Declaration included a list about the king holding a tyranny over the states. Some people, though, were omitted from the Declaration: Indians, blacks, slaves, women but in the phrase all men are created equal, they were not deliberately included but included by the

The United States Navy

1289 words - 6 pages organizational plan that has been the essential reason Americans have been kept free from oppression and revel in the flexibilities underestimated consistently. In the same way as other different organizations in the United States, the U.S Navy has a structure of its own. When using the example of a naval vessel structure, on a boat it is broken down into a few distinctive departments which are separated into divisions inside the departments

The United States Government

1049 words - 4 pages Congress and he regarded the Libyan conflict as not constituting a war since NATO is doing the bombing and not the United States. Many critics would not agree, since the armed conflict is being paid for by the American people. Congress’ ability to overshadow the other two branches by simply stopping the funding of their activities is a safeguard and power that the framers of the Constitution must have intended. Lastly, Congress’ power over the

The United States History

660 words - 3 pages Throughout the 1800's, The United States went through a giant growth. The population doubled from 39 million to 76 million people. I think that this happened because of the immigrants from Europe and many other places around the world. Another reason why I believe that the population nearly double was an enlarged birth rate. The United States had to take action. They adopted the most liberal land policy in history. At that time, America started

The United States Economy: The Slow Recovery of a Nation

817 words - 4 pages The United States Economy: The Slow Recovery of a Nation Content Introduction…………………………………………………………………………... page 2 Monetary Policy……………. ……………….……………………………………… page 2 Recovery…...……….…………………………………………………………….….. page 3 Conclusion……………………………………………………..…………………...... page 3 References……………………………………………….……………….……….….. page 5 The United States Economy: The Slow

A History of the Progressive Party in the United States

1107 words - 5 pages Progressive Party The Progressive Party was created as a result of President Theodore Roosevelt. They were mostly focused on getting America's financial system back to usual and making essential modifications. Progressive Party of 1912 had been called a political party in the United State and it was created by a split in the Republican Party. This was created by Theodore Roosevelt when he lost the Republican nomination to the ins office

A Comparision of Somalia and the United States of America

1349 words - 5 pages At first glance, one would not expect to find any similarities between the countries of Somalia and the United States. Even though the differences outweigh similarities, after deeper examination, Somalia and the United States do share a few similarities. These similarities include British rule, Civil War, and acts of domestic terror. A few differences may be government, climate, and military. At some point in history, both Somalia and the

A Comparison Between China and The United States

674 words - 3 pages they still follow the ancient cultural in the dynastic era, where it’s influenced by Confucianism and philosophy beliefs. As of the United States its culture are many by widely varieties of ethnic groups around United States. Its nearly populated by the Native Hawaiian and the Native American values. In conclusion the deference between both countries is way far different on how it started and how event ended up. The Chinese dynasties took place a

A Reflection of the United States of America

987 words - 4 pages The ascension of the United States of America as a global power reflects the actions behind keeping the world safe in its own way. Sometimes the measures to ensure the safety are viewed as illegal and unnecessary. In the many ways that the “victims” of the United States’ hegemony express resentment and hate, In John Kennedy Toole’s epic comedy, A Confederacy of Dunces, Ignatius J. Reilly’s personality reflects the dominance that the United

Similar Essays

Beowulf And Modern United States Essay

598 words - 2 pages Beowulf and Modern United States Many people who read the poem Beowulf would probably find it hard to find similarities between the poem and life in modern America. How could one compare an ancient Anglo-Saxon culture with the sophisticated world that we are living in today? But, if we look closely, we may be able to pinpoint some parallel between the two societies. This essay will discuss the topics of warrior life, the “bad guy,” and

Finding The Nation: The Issues With Modern Immigration Policies In The United States

1661 words - 7 pages can be illustrated by examining Jacob Hornberger’s essay “Keep the Borders Open” and Peter Brimlow’s essay “A Nation of Immigrants”. Jacob Hornberger makes it clear in his opinion that the main cause of an immigration problem is the establishment of laws restricting immigration; which he believes that the founders of the United States would not condone restrictions on immigrants. In comparison, Peter Brimelow takes a definitive approach by

The Evolution Of The Elite United States Navy Sea Ls: Vietnam To Modern Day Conflicts

1942 words - 8 pages As war rages on, there is a special breed of man who puts everything on the line for the safety and preservation of his country. These men operate behind the scenes without any conventional help available to them and with no need of meritorious recognition. These men are the most elite branch of the United States military: the Navy SEALs. As mentioned in their ethos, they are ready to bring the full spectrum of combat power to bear in order

The United States As A World Power

3225 words - 13 pages The United States as a World Power:How much longer will the US be thepoliceman of the World ?Juan Valdez??-??-96PoliticsThe United States has been a super power for decades, and since America has always involved themselves in other countries' problems. Instead of isolationism, the country has practiced getting involved. Since the Monroe Presidency, America has been named the World's police force. Dispelling anarchists, and stopping coos, the