Freedom of thought in 2011?

When I was a kid George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four
was required reading.

Freedom Is In Peril - Defend It With All Your MightI remember being sceptical of some of the ideas the author proposed – particularly the way in which the government attempted to control, not only what people did, but what they said and even what they thought, labelling disapproved thought as thoughtcrime1.

I’m surprised to read a number of recent news reports that seem to indicate that basic freedoms of speech are under threat but – more concerning – it makes me wonder whether the freedom of conscience (or freedom of thought) is also in danger of disappearing…

If that’s the case then “Keep Calm and Carry On” doesn’t seem to quite cover it!