From George Orwell

What is Politics?

Interesting question, what is politics – don’t you think? Apparently there are many possible definitions but the one with which I particularly resonate is all about POWER!  I’m thinking back to Orwell’s Animal Farm and the abuse of power through totalitarian propaganda because propaganda is how anyone stays in power (i.e. nation-state, head of household, corporate).   In…

Power and Promise – Utopian Propaganda & Orwell’s Animal Farm

In the preface to his Ukrainian Edition of Animal Farm, George Orwell says that his reason for writing the novel was to reveal what he believed to be the Soviet myth underlying Socialism – the political and economic model that he wholeheartedly embraced. According to Orwell, nothing had caused greater harm to the Socialist movement in England than that the majority of English people so blithely accepted the ‘lies of totalitarian propaganda’, apparently incapable of assessing the true nature of either the Nazi or Soviet regimes (Orwell, 112). Propaganda, defined for this essay as ‘opinion management’ (Welch, 3), is oft…