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George Orwell, the British Rebel by BullMoose1912 George Orwell, the British Rebel by BullMoose1912
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For the right-wingers who support Orwell for some odd reason:

Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism, as I understand it.

In my opinion, nothing has contributed so much to the corruption of the original idea of socialism as the belief that Russia is a socialist country and that every act of its rulers must be excused, if not imitated.

I had seen little evidence that the USSR was progressing towards anything that one could truly call Socialism.

[In Anarchist Catalonia] was the first time that I had ever been in a town where the working class was in the saddle ... There was much in it that I did not understand, in some ways I did not even like it, but I recognized it immediately as a state of affairs worth fighting for.

Human beings [in Anarchist Catalonia] were behaving as human beings and not as cogs in the capitalist machine.


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A liberal intelligentsia is lacking. Bully-worship, under various disguises, has become a universal religion, and such truisms as that a machine-gun is still a machine-gun even when a "good" man is squeezing the trigger have turned into heresies which it is actually becoming dangerous to utter.

We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.

To admit that an opponent might be both honest and intelligent is felt to be intolerable. It is more immediately satisfying to shout that he is a fool or a scoundrel, or both, than to find out what he is really like.

A totalitarian state is in effect a theocracy, and its ruling caste, in order to keep its position, has to be thought of as infallible.

Public opinion, because of the tremendous urge to conformity in gregarious animals, is less tolerant than any system of law.

Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen.
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frankteller Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
I know some communists who hate him because he was anti-Soviet. I think a lot of conservatives like him for the same reason.
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MRB16th Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Happy 110th birthday to George Orwell. Animal Farm was one of the best works I have ever read.
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HolyKrieger Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Capitalism still is Awesome
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macker33 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Orwells easily one of my favourite authors ever.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I keep hearing Catalonia being used as a successful example of anarchy. How can it be considered successful if it was invaded by fascist Spain? That just shows why true anarchy can never be obtainable: eventually, a stateless society will be taken over by a state. History has shown this many times. Why else were the Europeans so easily able to conquer the native Americans and seize their land? Because they never believed in the concept of property or a state. This merely gave the Europeans an excuse to take their land and claim it as their own.

Don’t get me wrong: I sympathize with anarchists. I really do. I just don’t accept their logical conclusion, if you can call it logical, of complete abolition of the state. If we are going to create a stateless society, it has to be in consensus with the rest of the world; otherwise, a country will simply invade and take it over: [link]
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BullMoose1912 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will admit that it's not so successful in terms of defense. That's why it was so hard to defeat the fascists; their society was incredibly hierarchical and authoritarian and therefore was better at defense.

It's kind of like that Treehouse of Horrors episode of the Simpsons where the family gets a Monkey's Paw and Lisa wishes for world peace. Everyone seems to be getting along in utopian fashion, but when the aliens Kang and Kodos come to invade they're more defenseless.

Then again I've heard ideas (not sure of their legitimacy) that if America, the big global imperial superpower becomes socialist that would influence lots of other countries to do the same. (Implying that a turn to socialism would lead to the country not wanting to stick its nose where it can make money and start wars for big business to profit off of. The idea being that a big reason for war is the profit that corporations can make off of it.)
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Aradical-Man Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Truer words have never been spoken. Thank you for posting this. Take care.
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KeswickPinhead Featured By Owner May 31, 2012   General Artist
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Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love the quote about totalitarianism being misquoted.
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