Nothing neuters a work of literature so much as incorporating it into the curriculum of the public schools. That's why liberals can throw Orwell at anyone - even though they read it in school, the c-grade lit. teacher certainly didn't teach the text.
The root of many of our societal problems starts in the public school system. We are supposed to be a free nation, yet we train our children in soft prisons run by pedophiles, union thugs, and the less-than-bright. Wake up America!