Is Freedom Slavery?

1984 by George Orwell

George Orwell’s book “1984” bears a frightening resemblance to the situation that conservatives today face on college campuses. Our administration, like big brother is constantly watching over my shoulder, ready to send me to room 101 and to be re-educated for the party. With themes like “war is peace,” Orwell forces you to reconsider what you think you know to validate whether or not they are really true.

One of the most intriguing ideas he brings up is Plato’s idea that “Freedom is Slavery.” According to Plato’s theory of slavery and freedom, he describes that a slave is someone who is controlled by his or her appetite.

Is a drug addict who lives in America truly free? Is a gambling addict free? Can a man or woman, enabled by their freedom to be corrupted by their vices, truly free?

Perhaps we are all slaves to our strength of will. Plato’s solution to this is utterly disgusting and un-American, but I won’t spoil it, to those who haven’t read the master piece The Republic.

If you ask any person born before the age of computers, they will tell you how millennials seem to be consumed by the world around them. A slave to our devices that we willingly buy and wear. Our iPhones, iPads and Apple watches, are stuck with us on a 24/7 basis. We play Pokemon GO to the point where we are willing to risk our lives. We over-eat and have gorged ourselves to become one of the most obese nations in the world.

A man who has morality and follows God can claim he is free and that God mediates his appetites, but in reality his appetites for power and wealth form in a different manner, but one self-serving.

Are we truly free?

About Mark Kahanding (20 Articles)
Mark Kahanding was born in Los Angeles on July 25, 1996. Mark started getting involved with politics with Young America's Foundation in August of 2015 and has been an active member since. He is the founder chairman of Young Americans for Freedom at CSULA and after two years of growing CSULA YAF into 100+ members strong he has since stepped down. For his courageous and bold leadership, in just his first year with YAF, his chapter (CSULA Young Americans for Freedom) won the 2016 Chapter of the Year award. Mark has been interviewed by Brietbart, Alliance Defending Freedom and Young Americans for Freedom. He has also been on CSPAN He has been quoted on The Blaze, Daily Caller and College Fix. Mark has also been mentioned on USA Today, Daily Wire, Inside Higher Ed, Examiner, Breitbart and Red Alert Politics. Prior to his activism in the conservative movement, Mark was heavily involved in arts and wanted to become a Broadway performer. During his freshman year of high school he was part of an all male hip hop dance team. He can also play the piano, trombone and violin. Mark studied classical opera during his years in high school. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Disneyland and Disney Concert Hall. Mark has been in two musicals, Footloose and Phantom of the Opera.In his last year of high school at Herbert Hoover High School, he founded an all male choir and won 1st place at their first competition in Disneyland.

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