Dire Warnings in Movies that Americans have Recklessly Ignored

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — for ever.” — George Orwell, 1984

Erik Blair
10 min readNov 5, 2022

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Western society has become a pre-dystopia. The downward death spiral of the dream of democracy, has dealt a lasting blow to hope for progress and the public’s faith in government. This spells doom for those who can accept the truth.

It wasn’t always like this. Society has always had problems, but there were little hints at what not to do. To look up instead of refusing to look up. We’ve had many warnings of what to do and not to do in books and movies; art and music.

Nevertheless, our western society has not addressed the endless reminders of where we’ve gone wrong. History tells us, and we have put our collective fingers in our ears and yelled, “lalalalalalalalaalalalalalalalaaallaalalalal” until history stopped speaking to us altogether.

“The masses never revolt of their own accord, and they never revolt merely because they are oppressed. Indeed, so long as they are not permitted to have standards of comparison, they never even become aware that they are oppressed.”

— George Orwell, 1984

Here’s a chart showing a possible course our western society may take in terms of which movie/book is most like what could happen.

I will only be briefly discussing four movies from the ones listed on this chart, but I recommend you watch all these movies to grasp the fundamental concepts each brings to the comparison between today’s society and those depicted in the movies.

Some may ask why I have placed certain things in the order I did. I can tell you my main reason was because of the level of freedom and oppression in each, and how far removed from reality each society.

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