Is 1984 Now?

Yesterday, Republican Senator Rand Paul issued the following video, asking some tough questions as he made comparisons between George Orwell’s dystopian vision from his classic book 1984 and things like the Patriot Act, the NDAA, and the TSA:

A couple comments:

First of all, if you’ve never read the book (or haven’t read it in a while), you really need to. Amazon Prime members can buy it used & shipped  for under $4 (Prime members can also watch the very faithful movie adaptation for free here, though I still recommend reading the book first). Like the Senator, I didn’t love it the first time I read it (which was, I think, in 7th grade), but I’ve read it twice since then and will certainly read it again someday.

One doesn’t have to be a conspiracy theorist or accept Orwell’s views on all things to see that there are a great many parallels between 1984 and recent American political history (for the record, I would say the same thing about Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, though I also have serious reservations about that particular book). Our liberties are being eroded by Statism faster than ever, and most don’t appear to notice or care. I’m thankful that we still have some politicians who possess both the willingness to stand up for our liberties and the knowledge of parliamentary procedure necessary to oppose liberty-infringing amendments such as the one described in this video (for another example, see this recent successful filibuster by Senator Paul).

I look forward to hearing much more from Rand Paul as the debate over the powers of the government continues. If you’d like to know more about some of the issues mentioned in the above video, check out the Senator’s latest book, Government Bullies.

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