Time Essay: Hello, I'm a European

In George Orwell's dark vision, the year 1984 would see the triumph of totalitarianism in Europe—an era of Newspeak and Doublethink, of dictatorial cruelty and dehumanizing coercion. That fateful year is now little more than a decade away, and it seems less and less plausible that Orwell's grim prophecy will be proved correct. William Davis, German-born editor of Britain's national humor magazine Punch, has a somewhat cheerier view of what 1984 will really be like. His imaginary scenario, written for TIME:

HE was a very ordinary young man—quiet, soberly dressed, dull. He did...

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