People compare the NSA domestic spying program to the novel "1984." But that society is a bleak place. A more accurate comparison would be the British TV show "The Prisoner."
There is lots of pomp and music, a mirage of constant celebration.
We are numbers and not free men. We all have 10 digit government issued numbers without which we cannot work, cash checks, or basically exist.
And we are watched. All the time. It is for our own good, we are told. National security. We are instructed to be happy we are under constant surveillance.
Step out of line, the man comes and takes you away.