The origins of 1984

“…How had it come about that the targets in Nineteen Eighty-Four were English socialists and their nightmare totalitarian state? …he was fighting Franco's insurgents in Spain as a member of a left-wing, but non-Stalinist militia, the Workers' Party of Marxist Unification (POUM)…but found himself face-to-face with another form of totalitarianism. The pro-Stalin communist forces in Spain turned on the POUM, branding them Trotskyist traitors. Back home no one wanted to know about his experiences…In his view of things, totalitarianism was not merely a theoretical threat from a fictional future. The urgency of Nineteen Eighty-Four, and of much of Orwell's wartime and post-war writing, springs clearly from his sense that totalitarianism was already proving dangerously attractive to many on the left, not least intellectuals….”

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  1. dennisl59 says:

    Here are Orwell quotes:

    Also worth mentioning is the book ‘Why Orwell Matters’ by Christopher Hitchens.

    posted 2/10 835am Texas[Big Brother]Time

  2. Alain41 says:

    Speaking of Big Brother: WaPo article on secret National Intelligence Estimate that shows that cybersecurity is and will continue to be a large impact on U.S. economy without action to address. The last para. or article has this info.;

    “…The White House is also expected this week to issue an executive order on cybersecurity that calls for voluntary standards for critical private-sector computer systems and for enhanced sharing of threat information by the government with companies to help secure private-sector systems against cyber-intrusions.”

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