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Old 06-14-2013, 11:39 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by BroncoBeavis View Post
It's really kind of a strange thing when people assign so much credibility to a work of fiction. I'm not saying it's not important. There are important concepts represented in there, and in Orwell's life and beliefs. But those principles should be able to stand on their own, and be defended on their own account.

Orwell didn't make privacy and individuality important. He simply saw that it was and painted a picture of it. He saw what many of us see. I think at the end of the day, works like 1984 get the status they do because allegory and parable is easier than philosophy.
It was an anti totalitarian work seen through the eyes of a lifelong Democratic Socialist. He was anti fascist and associated fascism with capitalism, so I find him an odd choice for the far right to be quoting.

Fascism, at any rate the German version, is a form of capitalism that borrows from Socialism just such features as will make it efficient for war purposes.

George Orwell, The Lion and the Unicorn (1941)
Gingrich completely missed the mark and showed his ignorance.....for the umpteenth time. He should have stuck with a fellow loon like Ayn Rand.
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