A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess
A Clockwork Orange Power Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Part.Chapter.Paragraph)
What it said underneath my picture was that here was the first graduate from the new State Institute for Reclamation of Criminal Types, cured of his criminal instincts in a fortnight only, now a good law-fearing citizen and all that cal. Then I viddied there was a very boastful article about this Ludovico's Technique and how clever the Government was and all that cal. Then there was another picture of some veck I thought I knew, and it was this Minister of the Inferior or Interior. It seemed that he had been doing a bit of boasting, looking forward to a nice crime-free era in which there would be no more fear of cowardly attacks from young hooligans and perverts and burglars and all that cal. (3.1.5)
The Government is content to usurp the individual liberties of its constituents to achieve peace and stability for the State.
"I think you can help dislodge this overbearing Government. To turn a decent young man into a piece of clockwork should not, surely, be seen as any triumph for any government, save one that boasts of its repressiveness." (3.1.21)
At the very least, F. Alexander and co. believe the Government is overbearing because it does not respect the individual liberties of its people, in addition to other reasons.
"Recruiting brutal young roughs for the police. Proposing debilitating and will-sapping techniques of conditioning… Before we know where we are we shall have the full apparatus of totalitarianism." (3.5.8)
F. Alexander fears that the State is under rule by a totalitarian Government. Here, he also exposes one of the ways this Government seeks to repress its people: it hires hoodlums (like Alex's droog Dim and kids like Billyboy) as police to scare ordinary citizens off the streets. This is like institutionalizing gangs.