Christian persecution in an Orwellian utopia-dystopian society in 1984, happening today?
“Orwellian” is a condition where a country or society seems a utopia but is actually dystopian. It may refer to a government that appears to promote righteousness, but in reality, aims to destroy freedom. In an Orwellian society, individuals are under a draconian rule. They use propaganda and create situations whose intent is to brainwash the people into an atheistic ideology. It is ruled by a demagogue.
The book 1984 in present day
The adjective stemmed from the book Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) published in 1949. It’s a dystopian novel in the future, written by English author George Orwell. The fiction is about the repressive government of Oceania. The book 1984 depicts a perpetual war, mass surveillance, and propaganda by the government. It centers on the main character, Big Brother.
Karl Marx and Orwellian
Critical in an Orwellian society is to brainwash its people into a unified belief system. In George Orwell’s other books, striking similarities are evident with the ideologies of Karl Marx. [Read the similarities between Animal Farm and Karl Marx.]
Big Brother China
Big Brother is a hero, the hope of the masses and the supreme ruler of the totalitarian state. However, he didn’t come out as a person in the book. He may actually be an ideology, not an actual person. Despite his enigma, he is the poster child of the political party that controls Oceania. Similarly, Xi Jinping is hailed as China’s new hero. In 2018, his term limits as President was removed. He is practically China’s “new emperor”.
China by 2049 would have completed its “One Belt and Road” (OBOR) project. It is also building several islands (with military installations) by reclaiming land and reefs in their 9-dash claim at the South China Sea. What this means is economic domination that they can use to bully Asian countries into accepting their south sea claim. Only the Philippine President seems to have kowtowed to the emperor of a thousand years, elsewhere, China is seen as a big threat.
→ What Pinoy can learn from Chinese Christians.
CCTV, AI, and Algorithm
Chinese intelligence has become sophisticated that high-tech surveillance enables them to subdue minorities or people they see as a threat. As a result, Christian persecution since 2018 has increased dramatically. With an estimated 176 million public and private surveillance cameras, there is no escape from authorities. In addition, social media and hardware technology is under its control. Admittedly, China is the quintessential Big Brother.
The government also want Chinese Christians to replace images of Jesus with photos of the communist President, we must pray for China. But hope is not lost, God is moving in Asia and the Middle East. Unlike the USA with its ridiculous examples of political tolerance, China still has conservative values.
Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft are creating an Orwellian society
Big Brother USA
Interestingly, some suggest that 1984’s “Big Brother” is “Big Tech” (Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft) in the United States. Matthew Peterson, Claremont Institute, exposes disturbing policies of “Big Tech” who is up and arms against conservative views. Brent Bozell, of Media Research Center, claims Big Tech is creating an Orwellian society. “Google, in particular, is engaged in political censorship and bias,” says Sen. Ted Cruz.
Furthermore, an academic audit suggests Google favors a small number of major outlets. CNN, synonymous with fake news and liberal views, is the most favored source. In other words, conservative sources are underrepresented in Google’s search engine.
→ Google fires James Damore because of his conservative views.
Veritas leaked document from Google
In June 2019, a leaked Google document describes prominent intellectual conservatives PragerU, Ben Shapiro, and Jordan Peterson “Nazis,” and action must be taken to loosen their grip in search engines. Likewise, videos authored by conservatives were methodically pulled down by YouTube and Facebook, citing ridiculous reasons (Daily Wire, Project Veritas).
In the USA, “It feels like the only people being allowed to speak up on campus are the violent group of fascist thugs,” says MAGA singer Joy Villa. Conservatives and Christians are being silenced by “Big Tech” because of identity politics. Doing so gives them free rein to promote abortion, same-sex marriage, feminism, and gender fluidity unopposed.
What can Christians do?
In the Orwellian world, the media is dominated by liberal thinkers and atheistic ideology. They hate God because His moral standards do not fit their agenda and narrative. The Bible warns of a one-world government in the last days. No one can sell or buy anything without the mark of the beast (Revelation 13:17).
Christians can only pray and share God’s word as we await the rapture. Only when Jesus returns can we have true righteousness in the government.