War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength
And what exactly is so dark about Orwell's vision? The lack of freedom? It's merely freedom rechanneled into forms more useful to the society at large. Society at large is a system, an organism, especially that within specific societies. As an organism, we can assume the system follows the mechanism of natural selection as outlined by Darwin, namely survival and replication. The movement towards restriction of freedom for the sake of system stability is an inherent, natural flaw of the rational which underlies biological humanity. Red blood cells are free to flow where they "like" through the blood vessels as it is by means of their freedom that life of the system is maintained. Viruses are not free to exist within our veins because viruses preoccupy themselves with the destruction of the system for the sake of them selves. Perhaps the grander human DNA structure of the individual is a virus in and of itself, but that is a moot point given that foriegn viruses are those that are denied entry and existence. Just so, an individual society must exist by means of an infastructure that permits all activities which encourage life of the society and death to those that do not.
American society exists in this very conundrum. It's condition, however, seems self evident. The freedoms we enjoy in terms of capitalism permit us the vitality which has made us the world power that we are today. We are free to purchase whatever we bloody feel so matter we have the extra ATPs to afford the pleasure. Yet if we drink too much, productivity suffers. On a grander sense, the question arises as to whether we're partaking in nutritious foods or merely high fructose corn syrup. We're certainly moving fast, but the energy derives not from a well-balanced diet, rather a perpetual sugar high. Damn the rules of the universe.