Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an
You can call it the age of authoritarianism. Or fascism. Or oligarchy. Or the American police state, whatever label you want to put on it, the end result is the same: tyranny.