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While 1984 and Little brother do show America that they need to be more skeptical of who they trust, it also demonstrates that America must learn to trust their fellow citizens and fellow human beings. (Photograph. ABC)






Although America does need to be skeptical of who they trust, that does not mean the outright mistrust and fear that is felt towards so many fellow citizens and even fellow human beings that has become customary in the United States today...




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America is an extremely safe nation, but its people are so paranoid that they are rapidly giving away their freedoms for added security that is not necessary. (Security)



In Little Brother, this is shown through the citizens’ approving of all the increased security and although their first reaction to the Patriot Act II is of irritation, after the X-net gives a press conference and the DHS stepped up security, the public is in heavy approval. This is not so far off from america today, and this fact should be deeply worrying (Doctorow). The citizens prove that their trust in fellow Americans disappears at the first sign of trouble because it is so weak. 1984 shows readers what this process of selling out your fellow citizens leads to: "There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized" (Orwell, 3). This gives America a glimpse at one of Orwell’s primary messages: this is the price you pay for implementing such heavy security, when you let your trust die, your freedom dies with it, a lesson that unfortunately, has not been learned.

How paranoid of a nation does America have to be to implement such security on their own people, much less on other human beings; well this sequence from 1984 shows even more insight into the type of mistrust America is moving towards:
















(Youtube - 1984 George) Notice how often in this sequence, the words thought crime. Not only do the citizens of Oceania not trust people and their actions, but they do not even trust the thoughts of other citizens. The mindset is that everyone is a criminal until proven innocent, which proves very difficult for many citizens.



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(Photograph. P.a.p.)


It may seem impossible, but still America trusts even less their fellow humans of the world. While it is obvious that nations in the Middle East are less trusted, racial discrimination of all forms is particularly prominent in the U.S and it is crucial that there is some level of human trust established among man, and certainly one higher than the level of trust bestowed upon government. This is shown through a segment in Little Brother, where it is made clear that even though the government will treat Marcus terribly if he is caught, his friend will be treated worse because of his race: "I hate to say it, but you're white. I'm not. White people get caught cocaine and do a little rehab time. Brown people get caught with crack and go to prison for twenty years. White people see cops on the street and feel safer. Brown people see cops on the street and wonder if they're about to get searched. The way the DHS is treating you? The law in this country has always been like that for us" (Doctorow). Marcus' friend is expressing to his friend that mistreatment is not just Marcus' burden, but that of everyone who has been singled out for their race, which includes most of his race as well as the many other races discriminated against in America.



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(Cartoon. Dear)

However, perhaps the biggest problem in human trust derives directly from government. The root of all discrimination comes from what is see in the media, controlled by the government; the government dictates as well any security measures, because no matter how much security the citizens are in approval of, the government will always push for more. In the end, it is important to realize that the government is made up of normal citizens as well citizens who are not above lessons and who, just like other Americans, have failed to learn from the important messages Orwell and Doctorow have sent. America has quite simply not learned to trust their fellow human beings, in their country, in the world, and under their rule.