You could argue that George Orwell did the powers that be a great service by providing a vision of oppression as so absolute, cartoonish, and without color or hope within it, that anythng in real life that's less obvious, subtler, seems as though it's freedom by comparison.
But just because you're not in North Korea doesn't mean your soft-totalitarian society is really free.
You could even argue those who live in a hard-totalitarian society are nobler than those in a soft, that freedom is something more in their hearts, because they require such external pushing-down.
While those in a soft-totalitarian society don't need the external. They have internalized it, they have the policeman in their hearts.
"Eternity with Beelzebub, and all his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me and this pencil." - E. Blackadder, 1791 Questionable
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