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England , he said , was ' a family with the wrong members in control . Some socialist critics of Orwell see this metaphor as selling the pass : it hardly matters who is in control , it is the assumption of there being a family at all ...
What was it that at every decisive moment made every British statesman do the wrong thing with so unerring an instinct ? The underlying fact was that the whole position of the moneyed class had long ceased to be justifiable .
The British ruling class were not altogether wrong in thinking that Fascism was on their side . It is a fact that any rich man , unless he is a Jew , has less to fear from Fascism than from either Communism or democratic Socialism .
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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