As we sit at the precipice of a new age, a fourth industrial revolution, which threatens to make us mere cogs in the machine of a technological dystopia, the work of George Orwell grows ever more relevant for his ability to foresee much of the societal engineering being carried out today.
From the ever shrinking spectrum of acceptable speech, manipulation through propaganda and fear to surrender freedom just some of the totalitarian methods authorized and pushed by a small group in conjunction with Big Tech, cleverly cloaked as the side of values and morals, the works of Orwell – particularly Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-four – have stood the test of time.
With these warnings more important than ever, we’ve picked out the ten best Orwell quotes and passages that best reflect this current period. Feel free to suggest your own on our Facebook or Twitter pages.
1. Power is not a means, it is an end
2. The meaning of liberty
3. Social engineering
4. Each generation imagines itself more intelligent than the one before it
5. The logical end of mechanical progress
6. Beware of newspeak
7. The fascism of today’s ‘anti-fascist’ movement
8. The mass never revolt of their own accord
9. The rewriting of history
10. Sanity in truth