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How would you compare today's violent society to the themes of George Orwell's essay "Shooting an Elephant"?

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In "Shooting an Elephant", Orwell 's commentary can be interpreted as him describing how hierarchical positions of power are inherently oppressive, and one can not simply be an individual acting upon his own morals in these positions. For instance, the president of the United States, no matter what his character is, is in a position that is inherently oppressive as the United States exists through genocide and slavery. No matter how "nice" someone is, when he is in that position, the structure of the political system and the expectations of the person in the political position undermine any individual personality or moral compass. In our society today, governments, including the United States (and including Orwell's example of Britain), are responsible for massive human rights abuses and exploitation. The violence these states cause ranges from food, resource, and housing insecurity, to incarcerating people, enacting foreign military acts...

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