George Orwell Blair

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All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. Equality & Equal Opportunity
And in the general hardening of outlook that set in ... practices which had been long abandoned - imprisonment without trial, the use of war prisoners as slaves, public executions, torture to extract confessions ... and the deportation of whole populations -- not only became common again, but were tolerated and even defended by people who considered themselves enlightened and progressive Corruption ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
For some time past I have conscious that I was wasting my own time and the public money on doing work that produces no result. Bureaucracy
Francisco Franco’s military uprising against Spain’s elected government was an attempt, not so much to impose Fascism as to restore feudalism. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
I recognized it immediately as a state of affairs worth fighting for. War & Peace
I warn my readers against my biases. Miscellaneous
If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought Propaganda & Disinformation
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues …. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It is only because miners sweat their guts out that superior persons can remain superior. Energy
Laval is a French millionaire who has been known for many years to be a direct agent of the Nazi Government. He played a leading part in the intrigues which led to the downfall of France Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism. Both words are normally used in so vague a way that any definition is liable to be challenged, but one must draw a distinction between them, since two different and even opposing ideas are involved. By ‘patriotism’ I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally. Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power. The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
One of the most horrible features of war is that all the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting. Propaganda & Disinformation
Perhaps when the next great war comes we may see that sight unprecedented in all history, a jingo with a bullet-hole in him. War & Peace
Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The control of the past depends above all on the training of memory Propaganda & Disinformation
The essence of oligarchical rule is not father-to-son inheritance, but the persistence of a certain world-view and a certain way of life ... A ruling group is a ruling group so long as it can nominate its successors... Who wields power is not important, provided that the hierarchical structure remains always the same Management & Managing Government
To abolish class distinctions means abolishing a part of yourself. Equality & Equal Opportunity
To the ordinary working man, the sort you would meet in any pub on Saturday night, Socialism does not mean much more than better wages and shorter hours and nobody bossing you about. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
We may be heading not for a general breakdown but for an epoch as horribly stable as the slave empires of antiquity … the social structure that would probably prevail in a state which was at once unconquerable and in a permanent state of ‘cold war’ with its neighbors. War & Peace
When the white man turns tyrant [colonialism], it is his own freedom he destroys. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism