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... an affirmation of naked power ; contained in it , quite consciously and intentionally , is the vision of a boot crashing down on a face . ... I am ugly , and you daren't laugh at me ” , like the bully who makes faces at his victim .
What had happened was that the whole monied class , unwilling to face a change in their way of life , had shut their eyes to the nature of Fascism and modern war . And false optimism was fed to the the general public by the gutter press ...
All criticism broke itself against the rat - trap faces of bankers and the brassy laughter of stockbrokers . ... Hitler will at any rate go down in history as the man who made the City of London laugh on the wrong side of its face .
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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