The View from Middle Spunk Creek

Present Day Dystopia

There are days, when I listen too closely to the news, when it feels like I’m living in the middle of a dystopian novel.

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A world-wide virus is trying to destroy mankind!

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Thanks to social media, everyone has the ability to communicate world wide, conveying their darkest, most vile thoughts without accountability or repercussion; allowing others with similar reptilian tendencies to crawl out from under their own rocks and band together. [Feels like the zombie apocalypse except the characters are real people].

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The fourth estate, with too much air time to fill and not enough real news to fill it, has morphed into little more than a jousting event for opposing political views. [Where, oh where, are you Walter Cronkite when we really need you?].

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And Donald Trump, President of what was, a few years ago, the world’s major political power and economic engine, has isolated us from our allies; cozied up to the world’s most heinous dictators; destroyed the need for facts or science; taken, or threatened, draconian measures to suppress voting; openly promoted domestic conflict; challenged the validity of the upcoming election before the first vote is even cast; instigates internal conflict, and seems intent upon presiding over our next civil war.

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A decade ago, not even one of these scenarios was plausible.

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Here are a few classic dystopian novels, if you’re in the mood:
1984 – George Orwell
Manchurian Candidate – Richard Condon
It Can’t Happen Here – Sinclair Lewis
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
The Road – Cormac McCarthy
The Children of Men -P.D. James

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