February 12, 2003

BUT HE SAID HE WAS A SOCIALIST/ATHEIST!:

For two hundred years we had sawed and sawed and sawed at the branch we were sitting on. And in the end, much more suddenly than anyone had foreseen, our efforts were rewarded, and down we came. But unfortunately there had been a little mistake. The thing at the bottom was not a bed of roses after all, it was a cesspool full of barbed wire.
-George Orwell, 1940

One can hardly wait to hear folks try to square this with the notion that Orwell was not essentially a conservative by his later years. Posted by Orrin Judd at February 12, 2003 10:33 PM
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I don't have my Orwell books any more so cannot put this in context.



Standing alone, the paragraph perfectly sums up the results of the British government's abandonment of the succcessful balance-of-power diplomacy in Europe, though I am uncertain what sea-change Orwell dates from 1740. The only thing I associate with that date is the War of Jenkins' Ear.

Posted by: Harry at February 13, 2003 1:20 PM

He's talking about the decline of religion.

Posted by: oj at February 13, 2003 3:40 PM

I wouldn't have dated that, in England, from 1740. Hadn't he heard of Wesley?

Posted by: Harry at February 13, 2003 6:55 PM
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