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It is difficult otherwise to explain the contradictions of his policy , his failure to
grasp any of the courses that were open to him . Like the mass of the people , he
did not want to pay the price either of peace or of war . And public opinion was ...
They could keep society in its existing shape only by being unable to grasp that
any improvement was possible . Difficult though this was , they achieved it ,
largely by fixing their eyes on the past and refusing to notice the changes that
Even when they had begun to grasp that Fascism was dangerous , its essentially
revolutionary nature , the huge military effort it was capable of making , the sort of
tactics it would use , were quite beyond their comprehension B * .
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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