May 3, 2005



The question was, "is there anything in Moroccan history reminiscent of the events you're reading about in 1984?" These were 11th grade students. They'd been reading the opening pages. Winston is in a corner, writing in his diary and trying to keep out of sight from Big Brother. The teacher had suggested that many countries, including the U.S., have gone through such a period. The McCarthy era. The whole notion of Homeland Security. France before the revolution. Chile under Pinchot. Spain under Franco and so on. This is not a far fetched idea, the teacher was saying. But one student, a very bright student, 17, was genuinely worried. "Should we be discussing this? I'm not sure we're allowed to be talking about this."

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