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His biography may help to explain his critical distancing , but unlike so many left - wing intellectuals , he was not merely critical . He loved his native land for all its faults . Indeed the red thread of argument running through all ...
as an ' intellectual ' has lived in a state of chronic discontent with the existing order . ... The intellectuals could find a function for themselves only in the literary reviews and the left - wing political parties .
perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality . ... It is a strange fact , but it is unquestionably true that almost any English intellectual would feel more ashamed of standing to attention ...
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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