Tuesday, September 30, 2008


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The above quote was taken from George Orwell's essay, The Prevention of Literature. This essay should be required reading in every secondary school in Canada.

1 comment:

WL Mackenzie Redux said...

Interestingly Orwell (Eric Blair) was once a cliqish insider of the art-literati who were patronized by the establisment, but he became an outcast for his political populist views and much of his vital writing reflect "tell-all" metaphors of the "insiders" he had associated with...how they think, operate politically, how they consolodate and use power.

He died a largely friendless social pariah...a man who knew too much and couldn't keep it to himself.

The cost of freedom of speech...it is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong or as Orwell stated: "I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt."

That statement is also interesting as he was under surveillence by the forerunners of MI5 or MI6 for the bulk of his life. No doubt the establishment elements he "outed" trying to get something to pin on him.