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Once When We Were Human by David Peter Swan Swan

05/18/2023
'Once When We Were Human' is a dystopian thriller like Animal Farm that looks at the dangers of fascism.
In this novella, ‘Once When We Were Human’ the world has been divided into Dogs and Wolves. The powerless and the powerful. Unlike other dystopian tales of totalitarian governments imposed on society. The oppressive measures have been voted in by an apathetic mass excepting their fate and the destiny offered by their masters. 'Once When We Were Human' is a dystopian story like Animal Farm. Justin the main character is a dog unconcerned as this Brave New World takes shape around him. As long as the working day is short and he can play his video games he's not bothered. If it wasn't for the protests from his wife Karen and her 'artistic friends' he'd gladly sip cocktails out in the backyard and give up all his rights. Heidi and Beauvoir are their academic neighbours who waste their time arguing about philosophical points while their best friend, Karl, a conceptual artist, keeps getting locked up for his absurdist performances. Joe the Jew reminds us of a history we have forgotten and how the problems of the past can easily be committed again. 'Once When We Were Human' also draws parallels with Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and looks at how a technically modern fascist society might use propaganda and education camps for citizens who protest and challenge the state. 'Once When We Were Human' looks at what it is that makes us human and what it means when we no longer utilize the extra faculties of our species to make a difference in this world.
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