It's a couple of days old, but there is a great article by Bruce Walker on American Thinker about the west's apparently inevitable slide into an Orwellian future. Essentially, Walker asserts that the best defence against this is a belief in God, but just as importantly he points out the elements through which progressive liberalism imposed its doctrine and set the course which would lead us to authoritarianism.
Orwell even told us, by name, the professionals who would lead us into the nightmare of 1984: "sociologists," "teachers," "bureaucrats," "journalists," "professional politicians," "scientists," "trade union organizers," "publicity experts," and "technicians." (The term "community organizer" was unknown to him.) Those who enslave were those who taught students, who created the news, who sat in the halls of government power, and who defined official "truth" (at least truth de jour.)
Orwell's Children live among us now, not in tiny numbers in weird Marxist cults like Jim Jones' People Temple, but as leaders of Congress, as the establishment of academia, as the producers of news and entertainment, as the administrators of public schools, as the "experts" in a thousand myriad and odd fields of putative "expertise." They infatuate our bored children with the only reality and the only diversion that many can find. They wait for the rest of us to grow older and to die.
Read it all. Having said that, I don't believe it is as inevitable as he seems to suggest. Although I agree that the current generation of power - my generation - have bought into the progressive liberal myth which, unchecked, would take us all the way to the nightmare of 1984, I see evidence that future generations will resist this.
The generation which have been abandoned by our politicians to grow up in a broken society - free from moral constraint, where mob rule dominates and feral youth operates unchecked - will not think kindly of those that bequeathed this mess to them. They see past the shiny facade of modernism because they are the ones who actually have to live in the stinking putrid mess that lies beneath it.
Politics is cyclical. Two generations of progressive liberalism have brought us to the brink of an Orwellian state, but the next two will swing back the other way - and I have no doubt that they will, one day, look back upon these times and will want to know why we did so much damage to something so precious.