Henry A. Giroux: Orwell, Huxley and the Scourge of the Surveillance State

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We must also be attentive to the ways in which being spied on has become not only normalized, but even enticing. …

Edward Snowden and other critics are correct about the dangers of the state’s infringement of privacy rights, but their analysis should be taken further by linking the issue of citizen surveillance with the rise of “networked societies,” global flows of power and the emergence of a totalitarian ethos that defies even state-based control. ◊

By Henry A. Giroux  Truthout.org | News Analysis June 30, 2015 ◊

Surveillance camera

(Photo: Thomas Hawk/Flickr)

In spite of their differing perceptions of the architecture of the totalitarian superstate and how it exercises power and control over its residents, George Orwell and Aldous Huxley shared a fundamental conviction. They both argued that the established democracies of the West were moving quickly toward a historical moment when they would willingly relinquish the noble promises and ideals…

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