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Orwell has an extraordinary critical empathy : he stands within the family but is
able both to praise it and to blame it strongly , standing both close and far . His
biography may help to explain his critical distancing , but unlike so many left -
And yet somehow the ruling class decayed , lost its ability , its daring , finally even
its ruthlessness , until a time came when stuffed shirts like Eden or Halifax could
stand out as men of exceptional talent . As for Baldwin , one could not even ...
There is no question of stopping short , striking a compromise , salvaging '
democracy ' , standing still . Nothing ever stands still . We must add to our
heritage or lose it , we must grow greater or grow less , we must go forward or
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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