The Banality of Autocracy

David Nurenberg
11 min readJun 30, 2020

What Orwell got right, and wrong, about power in the Age of Trump

The prescience of George Orwell’s 1984 is near-universally acknowledged across America. In this 1948 dystopian sci-fi novel that exhaustively details the workings and philosophies of a terrifyingly successful totalitarian government of the future, we find an analogue for seemingly every act of deception, repression and cruelty perpetrated by modern…

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David Nurenberg

Educator, consultant and author. His latest book is entitled, “What Does Injustice Have to Do With Me? Engaging Privileged White Students with Social Justice.”