Tuesday, April 01, 2008

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Orwell working for the BBC during WWII.
It was during this time he found much of the inspiration for the dystopian world of his novel 1984


In my opinion nothing could be more relevant today than to study the writings of George Orwell, and it's easy since fifty of his essays are available for online reading HERE, including the highly recommendable 1941 essay:

Socialism and the English Genius

Orwell reflects on the need for British patriotism in the face of Hitler and Mussolini's victorious armies (the essay was written after France and the rest of Europe had been defeated by Germany but possibly before Soviet Russia and the USA had entered the war, which meant Britain was fighting the Axis powers practically on its own...)

He also argues against the mechanics of profit-driven capitalism and claims that only a Socialist democracy based on state ownership of the means of production can efficiently fight the war and win it.

The essay is filled with Orwell's clear and precise analyses of Britain as a society and a nation and the problems related to a country who has a war to fight but no sound idea (in Orwell's view) of how to go about it...
It includes this profile of the "left wing intelligentsia" :

(The creed they were spreading) "...could appeal only to a rather rare type of person, found chiefly in the middle-class intelligentsia, the type who has ceased to love his own country but still feels the need of patriotism, and therefore develops patriotic sentiments towards Russia..."


Hmm...

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Retro babe"...Photoghaphing your undies is a great way to learn how to use a camera, girls!.."
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Panzer Sturmgeschütz III, Ausf C
In a snow covered Russian town.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

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