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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 .
And while England in the moment of disaster proved to be short of every war material except ships , it is not recorded that there was any shortage of motor cars , fur coats , gramophones , lipstick , chocolates or silk stockings .
In that spectacular disaster the working class , the middle class and even a section of the business community could see the utter rottenness of private capitalism . Before that the case against capitalism had never been proved .
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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