Combatting Dystopias

We live in a world where dystopian societies are recurring themes in literature and media, so observing different types of governments and how they could be abused is essential. After observing the Wikipedia article “List of Forms of Government” and a selection from Hobbes’s Leviathan, I feel indirect democracies are Continue reading

How Do We Know if We Live in a Dystopia?

A dystopia is a society characterized by extreme corruption of human rights, freedoms, and honor. Works such as Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, George Orwell’s Animal Farm, and perspectives through a Hobbesian lens illustrate that dystopias can result from repressive governments and/or environmental emergencies. Atwood portrays a futuristic environment where Continue reading

Least Dystopian Government

In my opinion, a big factor in dystopias is the type of government. The most common governments I have seen in dystopias are totalitarian and authoritarian governments. Totalitarianism, according to Oxford Languages, is a system of government that is centralized, dictatorial, and requires complete subservience from the state. A couple Continue reading

The least dystopian goverment

Throughout the world, nations are governed by many greatly diverse forms of government that dictate the everyday lives of their citizens. These forms of government can include monarchs, oligarchy, democracy, totalitarianism, and even communism. An ideal government protects its citizen’s rights, promotes social welfare, creates laws that improve one’s way Continue reading

What Form of Government?

Dystopian governments come in various forms, each with its own set of oppressive characteristics. Totalitarian regimes, such as those seen in George Orwell’s “1984” or Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” exert complete control over every aspect of citizens’ lives. They employ surveillance, censorship, propaganda, and fear to maintain power, stifling Continue reading