I went to Borders yesterday to get a copy of Ayn Rand's Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. I also picked up a copy of John Kerry's A Call To Service since I happened to see it. Like usual I went over to the computer books, but before I got there I ran into one of their book displays that stand out in the middle of everything. It was dead center of the computer book section, and the selection on it caught my attention. 1984, Brave New World, Slaughter House Five, To Kill a Mockingbird, and a couple of others. I've read three of the ones I listed, but it struck me that 1984 and Brave New World were prominently on display for any geek to see.
Are these just books that geeks like to read? Or are we so [mis]informed that they're reminders of where we're going or where we're at?
At least they still print those books. Then again a totaliterian regime here at home probably would, just to say "This doesn't look like Orwell's 1984 or Huxley's Brave New World." And we'll look around and agree with them, but deep down in our hearts we'll know better.
Is it time for a 2024 to be published? One not to far away into the future, but with the appearance of the present?
Or do we need the anti-thesis. A book showing what Freedom should look like in 20 years? Maybe we need both, sold side by side in black and white.