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The United States: A Modern Dystopia

3033 words - 12 pages

Content
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...

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