When I start feeling too libertarian, I go off and reread The Road to Wigan Pier. Which is not to say that I am a big Orwell fan. Honestly, I think the best thing to come out of "1984" was that really badass Macintosh commercial. (Seriously, if you don't remember it, go have a look at the quicktime version through the link. It's worth it. It was directed by the dude who did Blade Runner and it seriously kicks ass.)
Anway, I don't think even think a rereading of "The Road to Wigan Pier" would make me feel sympathy for this guy.
Thinking "oh my goodness, that commercial is 22 years old!"