Orwell IS Too Left-Wing

Many are shocked to hear George Orwell is “too left-wing” to have a statue at the BBC, where he worked for a brief time. This shows the almost universal misunderstanding of the man. He was anti-communist, but from the left of communism, not from the right. He was fine with communists killing non-communists, but he opposed the Stalinists killing potential rivals who were just as leftist if not more than they themselves. Orwell didn’t regard Russia as communist, but as having a kind of state capitalism.

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About thrasymachus33308

I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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2 Responses to Orwell IS Too Left-Wing

  1. R. says:

    Too left-winged my Aunt Fanny, the lefties at the Beeb are still pissed off at him because he opposed Stalin. Of course, they can’t say that!

  2. fnn says:

    There’s this too:
    http://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/trolling-for-anti-semites-in-the-graveyard/

    One of his most able biographers, D.J. Taylor, who has dealt seriously with the issue, quotes journalist Malcolm Muggeridge, who was surprised by the number of Jews who attended Orwell’s funeral, since he thought that he was “at heart strongly anti-Semitic.” Other contemporaries record Orwell, at late stages of his life, remarking to them about the preponderance of Jews working for the Observer newspaper for which he wrote, and indeed in his diaries he refers to the control of Jews over vast swathes of the media.

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