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A day or two before the conclusion of the 1939 Nazi-Soviet Pact, a devil’s bargain that presaged the onset of the Second World War, the writer George Orwell had a dream. I imagine lots of other people had the same dream at the same time, one clearly born of acute anxiety. Of his particular dream Orwell later wrote:What I knew in my dream that night was that the long drilling in patriotism which the middle classes go through had done its work, and that once England was in a serious jam it would be impossible for me to sabotage. It was his intention, if he could, to fight; he no longer wished... (more)
George Orwell is one of the true artists of English prose. Two of his pieces in particular, Why I Write and Politics and the English Language, essays on the uses and abuse of our common language, should be compulsory reading for all those in public life.
As a writer he has long been a favourite of mine, ever since I discovered him early in my school days. I’ve recently had cause to think specifically about his political commitments, his commitment to what he calls ‘democratic socialism.’
It seems to me that his choices are at variance with his deepest sympathies: he says he is... (more)
...write, see, do, consider, or show interest in, is being recorded. That it is accessible, and ultimately, controlled.
"Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom."
- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 6
This is a universal message, intended in large part to be received by The Party. I’m assuming it won’t be long before I am followed and evaporated by Big Brother, as I am sure he has already gotten wind of my word usage. Thought-crime has been a... (more)
Sure, you could ask any number of people this question and the liberals would claim it was a right wing fascist dictatorship, while the conservatives would say it was rule by central government liberalism gone wild. Both views would be correct.
Author George Orwell's main shortcoming here was overestimating the speed of government action towards his dystopia and the decline of civilization. He also set the scene in his native Britain when it should have been in America, a nation where life is imitating art.
When you think about politics it... (more)
I live on a farm, now bereft of livestock, but at one time we had three horses, one pony, four sheep, multiple chickens, geese, and the obligatory cats and dogs. We also had a steer, named Brutus. He was not named as in “et tu,” but for Brutus Beefcake the wrestler. I know, it’s sort of a literary double entendre, just wait, it gets better.
I also had a day job. Farming is a lot of hard work for little or no money, and oddly, for even less food. I guess we weren’t very good at it or maybe... (more)
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