The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be confiscating all copies of George Orwell’s novel 1984 and burning all copies of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, as part of the Trump administration’s request.
According to the administration, local police officers will be assisting the FCC in finding and confiscating these books to prevent them from reaching the public.
“After the inauguration, we urged you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. This is our final, most essential command,” Trump stated in a press conference today. “These books are subversive, untrue and, really, just really horrible. I can write better books honestly. Be glad they’re banned.”
Sales of 1984 initially surged in response to U.S. Presidential Counselor Kellyanne Conway’s assertion that the Trump administration used “alternative facts,” to describe the inauguration turn out, which reminded many of the book’s concepts of untruth and newspeak. Orwell’s 1984 takes place in a dystopian society where the government distorts the truth, alters historical evidence and attempts to control its populace through its censorship and lies.
Fahrenheit 451, similarly describes a dystopian society where the state burns books to prevent them from educating the populace and or causing government dissent.
The state exerts its control in a similar manner, utilizing government propaganda through “parlor walls,” which resemble flat panel televisions to control its people.
While many detractors are worried that this censorship goes against the first amendment ensuring freedom of speech, the administration released an “alternative definition,” to the word freedom to assure that American’s are still living in a “free society.”
“You still have your freedoms, you can say whatever you want,” Trump elaborated. “By freedom, of course I mean the freedom to be a xenophobic, misogynistic, racist person who acts out on their violent urges. You just can’t criticize me or my administration, because that’s totally not what we think freedom is for.”