Oppressive Regimes Today

Animal Farm reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. Orwell, a democratic socialist, was a critic of Joseph Stalin and hostile to Moscow-directed Stalinism. The Soviet Union, he believed, had become a brutal dictatorship, built upon a cult of personality and enforced by a reign of terror. Orwell described Animal Farm as a satirical tale against Stalin (“un conte satirique contre Staline“), and wrote that Animal Farm was the first book in which he tried, with full consciousness of what he was doing, “to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole”.



North Korea

This nation  was a product of the Cold War. Unfortunately for many people residing within its walls, borders, this war is a never ending one. North Korea has all the hallmarks of a brutal single party state; media censorship, Soviet style gulags, executions of perceived enemies, periodic purges of party elites etc. They have the unique distinction of being a country sized prison. No one is allowed to leave, under penalty of death or 20 years hard labor.






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