But who is Big Brother?
In the novel "1984", it was assumed it would be the state and when the novel was written in 1948
, that was a logical guess as fascism was the recent enemy. Fascism was premised on corporations having a large role in state policies. Labor would have a role, but not a very big one. Democracy was funneled not through a real legislature, but through representatives of the major parts of the society with monied interests and military having a large role. The fascist regimes (Portugal 1st, then Italy, Germany, Spain) paid lip service to worker rights and pay, but didn't mean it.
it was becoming obvious that the new enemy was the USSR. Though claiming to be socialist, it was nothing like that at all. It was a giant corporation, undemocratic and controlled by intelligence services, military and aparatchiks (bureaucrats). This was even more centralized fascism and notoriously inefficient.
All these regimes used patriotism and war threats to bolster their regimes and keep the public from noticing what was going on.
So is the US government Big Brother? US corporations, and most especially the insurance industry, a collection of big brothers? Have we become an oligarchy or plutocracy and the modern version of the corporate state but with the state weak and the lobbyists running things?