Big Brother as Mr. Rogers

“There’s no denying the literary value of Orwell’s 1984—that crushing sense of oppression, that awful loneliness…these things stay with you. But ultimately Orwell got the big questions wrong. Today government power isn’t wielded by a Stalinist Big Brother, but by those who say they can use it scientifically, progressively, to make us happier, healthier, more equal—to make people better. If you’re looking for the roots of our technocratic state, you’ll find them portrayed with chilling foresight in That Hideous Strength.”

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