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Orwell's 1984 society had a few at the very top ruling an inner elite of 5% who, in turn, presided over an outer, lesser elite of 10% of the population.

The vast majority of 85%, the proles, did not contribute to the economy as consumer goods were produced by a virtual slave-race located far away, and were destroyed in a state of continual war.

The proles were basically left to their own devices and fed a diet of cheap food and manufactured entertainment that kept them quiet.

Does any of this sound familiar?

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