I just now stumbled upon an article from The Daily Beast that features a letter Orwell wrote before writing 1984.
Good stuff! It’s interesting to see how Nazi Germany, the USSR, and the threat of Japanese imperialism influenced his view of fascism and the supposed decline of democracy.
I’m not inclined to believe that the U.S. is headed toward the type of world Orwell portrayed in his most famous novel. But I do agree with what he writes in the last line of his letter: “We have to keep on making it [our cause] the better, which involves constant criticism.”