anonymous asked:


I guess I never really understood why Nineteen Eighty-Four was a stable equilibrium, if the world it described was at all true, because the fundamental thing is the game, either within states or between them, because there’d always be actors of greater or lesser talents, because there’d always be shocks to technology or inputs, so that there’d be no equilibrium

it’s good and fun to imagine this sort of terror, but I always found it hard to imagine it as a permanent state, because it seemed so fragile, so dependent on the virtues of the leadership and the competitive equilibrium between states – and I know the predictable answer is that the airbase is a little North Korea, but, with the caveat that I haven’t read the book in years, that never seemed like a strong or plausible reading of the text to me

like, Orwell was great at Stalinist terror, but even Stalin emerged through intra-party competition, and even Stalin was threatened by inter-state competition – as Adolf Hitler was done in by it – so it’s just hard to imagine that equipoise surviving anywhere for long, much less one that survives everywhere

the thing I’ve always feared is collapse, the collapse of complex societies, because collapse is the terrible thing we see again and again, and the thing you can’t insulate yourself against

if 1984 ended in collapse, with the factories torn up, the money turned to rubbish, with Smith on the dole and working on the black market, drinking himself to death, and all the little old tea-drinking pensioners wishing they hadn’t done away with Big Brother, and maybe it hadn’t been so bad being Airstrip One, and maybe we’d all have gotten away with it if it hadn’t been for those awful Continentals  – but even that wouldn’t have been all that bad

the thing that really chills me is the Dark Ages

like, you read these books and you realize, like, hey, they don’t have pottery anymore, they barely trade, they’re barely literate, and they just fall into darkness for centuries, where even their names are forgotten

like, that’s the dystopia, to me

The Ultimate Dystopian Playlist

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1. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons

2. Bones by Ms Mr

3. Uprising by Muse

4. We Are Responsible by Anna Johnson

5. Anything Could Happen by Elli Goulding

6. Renegades by X Ambassadors

7. Resistance by Muse

8. Stompa by Serena Ryder

9. It’s Time by Imagine Dragons

10. Lantern by Josh Ritter

11. Human by The Killers

12. Final Masquerade by Linkin Park

13. Escape by Kongos

14. Drive it Like You Stole it by the Glitch Mob

15. Edge of a Revolution by Nickelback

16. Crystals by Of Monsters and Men

17. Hero of War by Rise Against

18. Search and Destroy by 30
Seconds to Mars

19. Secrets by OneRepublic

20. Monsters by Matchbook Romance

21. Invincible by Skillet

22. Gold by Imagine Dragons

23. Human Race by Three Days Grace

24. Into the Fire by Thirteen Senses

25. Vox Populi by 30 Seconds to Mars

26. Human by Christina Perri

27. Some Kind of Monster by Neon Trees

28. What I’ve Done by Linkin Park

29. Away From the Sun by Three Doors Down

30. State of My Head by Shinedown

31. Cough Syrup by Young The Giant

32. Sick Of It by Skillet

33. Centuries by Fall Out Boy

34. Mountain At My Gate by Foals

35. Castle by Halsey

36. Pompeii by Bastille

37. Save the World by Swedish House Mafia

38. Who We Are by Imagine Dragons

39. I Own You by Shinedown

40. Collective Amnesia by Rise Against

41. Viva La Vida by Coldplay

42. Inferred by Placebo

43. Young Volcanoes by Fall Out Boy

44. Burn by Elli Goulding

45. Derezzed by The Glitch Mob

46. You Make Me Want to Die by The Pretty Reckless

47. Glittering Clouds by Imogen Heap

48. Outcast by Shinedown

49. Oh, What a Life by American Authors

50. It’s About Time by Young The Giant

51. Kingdom of Rust by Doves

52. Somewhere Only We Know by Keane

53. Kerosene Dreams by X Ambassadors

54. Recondite mixed by Wahbi Abderrahamane

55. Aftermath by Muse

56. Ready, Aim, Fire by Imagine Dragons

57. Empty Gold by Halsey

58. Believer by Imagine Dragons

59. Meet Me On the Battlefield by SVRCINA

60. Feed The Machine by Nickelback

61. The Bad in Each Other by Fiest

62. Warrior by Beth Crowley

63. Midnight City by M83

64. Not Afraid Anymore by Halsey

65. Yamaha by Delta Spirit

66. Beast by Nico Vega

67. Polarize by Twenty One Pilots

68. Gasoline by Halsey