With the most recent revelation of massive government surveillance operations in the news because of Edward Snowden and the NSA comes renewed interest (once again) in the novel 1984.
But the book loses power if we focus only on the purely political, says Ian Crouch in a recent New Yorker Magazine (June 11, 2013).
“The Party’s stamping out of sex is an essential mode of control. But love, it seems, may exist in a place beyond the government’s reach:
‘They could lay bare in the utmost detail everything that you had done or said or thought; but the inner heart, whose workings were mysterious even to yourself, remained impregnable.’”
See the whole article: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/06/so-are-we-living-in-1984.html (I don’t know how long it remains available online.)