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We cannot establish anything that a Western nation would regard as Socialism without defeating Hitler ; on the other hand we cannot defeat Hitler while we remain economically and socially in the nineteenth century .
The choice before us is not so much between victory and defeat as between revolution and apathy . ... happen that England could introduce the beginnings of Socialism , turn this war into a revolutionary war , and still be defeated .
Hitler said once that to accept defeat destroys the soul of a nation . ... The defeat of 1870 did not lessen the world - influence of France . ... We cannot be utterly defeated if we have made our revolution beforehand .
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It seems harsh to criticise George Orwell's optimism when he implies that socialism has become inevitable: he was writing in 1941, I thought so in 1980. Sadly, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and ... Read full review