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Re: Is this a conspiracy?

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Originally Posted by Bengeo View Post
I think people who quote Orwell should read him first. He didn't like Stalin or Russian State communism, but he was always a socialist.

“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.”
Interestingly Orwell separated socialism from statism, as did the ancient Greeks who came up with all this. 1984 is his warning about what statism will look like, and he's absolutely right. Statism refers to size of government, socialism refers to control of means of production (and distribution). Not the same thing but there is a practical link. He couldn't use an oppressive far-right wing government simply because it would have been ludicrous. Political history can be quite interesting whereas modern politics got messed up.

Also, some of the talking points in 1984 have entered the progressive lexicography "the only truth that matters is your truth".

"“How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?”

“Four.”

“And if the Party says that it is not four but five – then how many?”

“Four.”

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