I find this article prescient. Modern life in the US more closely resembles Orwell’s world than Reagan’s. Concepts which used to be the domain of science fiction have become everyday routine.
We in the States no longer have a free press. I do not think that the danger of the absence of a free press can be overstated.
Just last week, reports came out detailing how our own Justice Department has used media outlets to silence unflattering stories and even create stories to distract the public from current events.
The manipulation of the press is equivalent to state-sponsored media in the Cold War Eastern Block, in North Korea, and in China. A significant difference is that we Americans seem to be under the impression that our press and media are indeed free — a misunderstanding rendering the press that much more powerful and our citizens even less free.
Equally terrifying is the complacency of most of the population. Where is the outrage? Has it truly been drowned by the Kool-Aid?
And, if so, and if History remains true, when should we anticipate revolution? For no society tolerates repression and misdirection indefinately. This abuse of power is the original reason the Founders added the Second Amendment: to preserve a free people’s right to overturn a corrupt and dictarial government if peaceful elections no longer succeed.
I never thought that Americans would so willingly hand over our freedom. Yet here we are, passively giving it away while the monsters around the world burn our buildings and kill our citizens.