Continuing with 1984. How does the book relate to real-world politics? Is this something that we should actually be afraid our society will turn into? Was he predicting history, or was it satire, or what? We discuss the the realms of intimacy vs. surveillance, how a state might “contain” a mind that it controls, and “doublethink.”
End song: “Civil Disobedience” from Camper Van Beethoven’s New Roman Times (2004), by Jonathan Segel as heard on Nakedly Examined Music ep. 38.