Today, in 1949, Orwell’s classic 1984 was first published. I remember, in 1990, we were told by Weekly Reader magazine to write what we thought the future would be just like Orwell did in his book… the future being the year 2000.  I think I wrote something about cows on the moon.  Oh, and we all had our own helicopters.  I now realize that such an exercise missed the point of the book completely.  But what did I know?  I was only in 4th grade.

Orwell had this to say about his book:

My recent novel [Nineteen Eighty-Four] is NOT intended as an attack on Socialism or on the British Labour Party (of which I am a supporter), but as a show-up of the perversions . . . which have already been partly realized in Communism and Fascism. . . . The scene of the book is laid in Britain in order to emphasize that the English-speaking races are not innately better than anyone else, and that totalitarianism, if not fought against, could triumph anywhere.
Collected Essays

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