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... noticing that the ones that have won for themselves a kind of popularity are always a tale of disasters and retreats . ... themselves on the popular memory are Mons , Ypres , Gallipoli and Passchendaele , every time a disaster .
It needs some very great disaster , such as prolonged subjugation by a foreign enemy , to destroy a national culture . The Stock Exchange will be pulled down , the horse plough will give way to the tractor , the country houses will be ...
The shock of disaster brought a few able men like Bevin to the front , but in general we are still commanded by people who managed to live through the years 1931-39 without even discovering that Hitler was dangerous .
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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