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Some quotes from Orwell that the liberal media don't quote on Orwell day
Posted by Hidari [User Info] on January 23, 2013, 8:46 pm
With the Guardian trying to present him as a cuddly liberal here's George.
"When I see an actual flesh-and-blood worker in conflict with his natural enemy, the policeman, I do not have to ask myself which side I am on."
" Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket. "
"Capitalism leads to dole queues, the scramble for markets, and war."
"All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting."
" Power is not a means, it is an end.... The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. "
"War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it."
" War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent. "
"Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception."
" Political language - and with variations this is true of all political parties... - is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable. "
"In our time political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible."
"Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper."
"The huge British and French empires —(are) in essence nothing but mechanisms for exploiting cheap coloured labour (and) what we always forget is that the overwhelming bulk of the British proletariat does not live in Britain, but in Asia and Africa....This is the system which we all live on and which we denounce when there seems to be no danger of its being altered."
" Nothing is likely to save us except the emergence ... of a real mass party whose first pledges are to refuse war and to right imperial injustice. But if any such party exists at present, it is only as a possibility, in a few tiny germs lying here and there in unwatered soil."
"Liberal- a power worshipper without power."