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No politician could rise to power by promising them conquests or military " glory ” , no Hymn of Hate has ever made any appeal to them . In the last war the songs which the soldiers made up and sang of their own accord were not vengeful ...
Imperialist sentiment remained strong in the middle class , chiefly owing to family tradition , but the job of administering the Empire had ceased to appeal . Few able men went east of Suez if there was any way of avoiding it .
The appeal of Fascism is enormously greater . In one country after another the Communists have been rooted out by their more up - to - date enemies , the Nazis . In the Englishspeaking countries they never had a serious footing .
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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