George Orwell Essays Collection

But already, somewhere or other, the sappers are at work and fresh dynamite is being tamped in place to blow Marx to the moon.Then Marx, or somebody like him, will come back with yet more dynamite, and so the process continues, to an end we cannot yet foresee.

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Forget that silly bit of cant about private property, this is merely Orwell clinging to his image of himself as a Socialist.

I don't question that he honestly thought that property should be distributed more fairly, but no one who recognizes that tyranny succeeds tyranny can truly believe in the type of government coercion that would be required to effect this distribution.

One can say of Orwell, as he says of Dickens, that what we carry away from his writing is his "hatred of tyranny." This hatred is Orwell's negative virtue, but his positive virtues are an abiding humanism, relentless honesty and a thorough moral grounding.

His humanism ironically comes through in his Reflections on Gandhi.

But it is not at all certain that a merely moral criticism of society may not be just as 'revolutionary'--and revolution, after all, means turning things upside down--as the politico-economic criticism which is fashionable at this moment. Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.

There is always a new tyrant waiting to take over from the old--generally not quite so bad, but still a tyrant. The one, how can you improve human nature until you have changed the system?

are classics, but they are somehow diminished in stature by the fact that we read them in grade school.

Worse, having been force fed these two, most folks are unlikely to continue on and read the rest of his work.

This is a real shame, because it means that they miss out on some of his greatest writings.

In fact, you could make a compelling argument that the most important book he wrote was actually , because it dealt with Orwell's own experiences and with the real life events of the Spanish Civil War, had to be reckoned with by those on the Left who continued to support Communism even after it's brutal nature had become obvious.


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