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Like you said, there may well be no Oceania outside of the British Isles and it may be that the UK has become some sort of self-contained North Korea-like Hermit Kingdom suppressing its own citizens and shutting the off from the outside world.

Although if we take it as true that Oceania exists as described in the novel, one of the things Goldstein's book mentions is that it is the Middle Class itself, or at least parts of it, that wants to set up the dictatorship. Why? They're on top now and want to keep it that way.

Goldstein describes "bureaucrats, scientists, technicians, trade-union organisers, publicity experts, sociologists, teachers, journalists and professional politician" all now want to preserve the world in amber, maintain their power and to heck with everyone else. These people form the Inner Party.

Does anyone think that's not possible? Consider the reactions of Unions in Wisconsin to current events, the actions Global-Warming Prophets like Al Gore or Thomas Friedman, more than willing to sacrifice all of us while they continue to live in mansions themselves, journalists more wedded to "narratives" than "truth" that keep them in the cocktail parties, scientists going after "climate change deniers", politicians continuing to push plans that seem to help only bureaucrats and not actual people, and it really isn't as far fetched as one might think.

A good portion of our population would be happy to be in the 1984 world...they're sure they'd be the Inner Party after all.

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