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I’m going to write about George Orwell. First, this letter explaining his reasoning for writing 1984. 1984 is the go-to book when you want to find a good quote to back up why your particular point of view is amazing and opposing views are fascist and totalitarian. Second only to comparing things to Hitler, that is. Anyway, here are his words on the subject. I don’t know if this will settle anything, especially among politicians as it’s complicated. Orwell himself wrote a list of “crypto-communists” who couldn’t be trusted to do anti-Soviet propaganda, which was maybe a little Orwellian of him. In that it was giving a list of names to the governing power in order to restrict their ability to perform a certain task.

From the letter:

You also ask, if I think the world tendency is towards Fascism, why do I support the war. It is a choice of evils—I fancy nearly every war is that. I know enough of British imperialism not to like it, but I would support it against Nazism or Japanese imperialism, as the lesser evil. Similarly I would support the USSR against Germany because I think the USSR cannot altogether escape its past and retains enough of the original ideas of the Revolution to make it a more hopeful phenomenon than Nazi Germany. I think, and have thought ever since the war began, in 1936 or thereabouts, that our cause is the better, but we have to keep on making it the better, which involves constant criticism.

The above jab at Orwell was a tiny bit of freedom-oriented criticism. From me, a not very relevant person.


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