Where the primitive society depicted in the story compares closely with the European Dark Age of the

Where the primitive society depicted in the story compares closely with the European Dark Age of the

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Where the primitive society depicted in the story compares closely with the European Dark Age of  the medieval period, it contrasts with the collectivist dictatorship presented by George Orwell in his  novel,  1984 . Both Rand and Orwell show the unrelieved evil of a collectivist society — the thought  control, the necessity to surrender one's mind and life to the state, and the utter lack of individuality  and freedom. But despite the two authors' agreement regarding the stifling evil of totalitarianism, an  important difference exists between them. Orwell depicts a future collectivist dictatorship as a society  that has made great scientific and technological progress. The state employs an ultra-sophisticated  technology to engage in mind reading and thought control. Orwell's theme that a global dictatorship can make scientific advances (or even retain the 
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