To my great embarrassment, I've not read 1984.
I have read "Brave New World" which is fascinating because where "Brave New World" is the post World War I era, filled with capitalists who were enthralled with the idea of violent revolution which inspired the generation that pushed us into World War II. (Seriously, check out FT Marinetti's "Manifesto of Futurism" written in 1909, "We want to glorify war - the only cure for the world - militarism, patriotism, the destructive gesture of the anarchists, the beautiful ideas which kill, and contempt for woman." He later became a big supporter of Mussolini, the founder of fascism, merging his party with the Italian Fascist party.)
Aldous Huxley wrote a book satirizing this world of violent revolution by what he imagined as the end result of the fascists, before World War II.
After World War II came George Orwell. He saw what fascism was going to lead to.
Fascism was described by Mussolini as the merger of the state and private industry. This is why Stalin's state capitalism, or Stalinism, has more in common with fascism than communism. This is also why people can't tell the difference between them.
Also, this is why I like to tell at people who claim victory of capitalism over communism that they are wrong. Communism is where the people control the means of production and Stalinism is where an oligarchy does.
George Orwell came out of World War II as a libertarian. Another word that has become corrupted. Orwell was much closer to socialist then a modern libertarian. (Those are closer to a fascist or a confederate. Depending what kind of libertarian they are. I feel more confident writing about an author I never read than the types of libertarians there are.)
Fascism is extreme capitalism. Ronald Reagan and Warren G. Harding were much closer to fascists than people like to admit. Explains why they were both corrupt Presidents) Harding's famous saying was "less government in business and more business in government.”
Aldus Huxley wrote about the monster rising and so did George Orwell. Orwell also understood the idea that Philip K. Dick put the best, "To fight the Empire is to be infected by its derangement... Whoever defeats the Empire becomes the Empire; it proliferates like a virus..."
We turned into a fascist state when traitor Ronald Reagan cheated his way into office. Neoliberalism has only continued this goose step rightward. This is why we need a progressive, when I say that I mean not someone like Hillary who is nothing but a tool for fascists, in the pockets of Wall Street and Walmart. Because with her as the "opposition" there is no real choice. That is the "Mildest democracy, so-called."
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