Orwell's 'Coming Up for Air' Is Prophetic for Our Times

Posted by $ Olduglycarl 3 months, 2 weeks ago to Books
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Hadn't heard nor read this one but the synopsis presented pretty much tells us the story.
Today, we also, are seeing: [] "a fear [and loathing] of the streamlined men and contempt for [them and] the ersatz commodities of modern life[] amid the wreckage [of our nation] accompanied by a stream of blood"...
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  • Posted by Lucky 3 months, 2 weeks ago
    Orwell, a master of language.

    Odd, that Orwell considered himself to be a socialist. Yet he wrote about the how the state gains power by manipulating those who do not think (not just the sheep) and by outright subterfuge. Power is inevitable misused. Is it the state, or is it particular individuals? Both? Some become the state (deep state), faceless, others are the front men of whom everything is known - just about nothing as they are empty shells, but we do not know who is behind them. Once power is achieved efforts are put into eliminating opposition, real and imaginary.
    Orwell's heroes/protagonists are not philosophers, they ask simple questions and answer to themselves (and to the reader) honestly. Whether Orwell was a socialist deep down or in his early years is no barrier to great admiration of his work. What strikes the reader is the honesty of description, of things that are clearer to us now 50-80 years later, he wrote what he saw and described it to us. He had ideals, these were spoken by those in power, but the speeches and propaganda did not match what was being done.

    "London was not always the beautiful city we see today" was what he read. Smith looked, he saw decay, grime, peeling paint, dirt, squalor. He told us what he saw.

    Recommendation- listen to the audio book of 1984. There is a very good one, narrator- Rykstra? cool English accent, deadpan, chilling.
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    • Posted by mccannon01 3 months, 2 weeks ago
      "Odd, that Orwell considered himself to be a socialist. " Yes, I agree. Even Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn after the trip through hell he experienced thought socialism was a good idea. Odd neither of these two connected the dots.
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      • Posted by BCRinFremont 3 months, 2 weeks ago
        My millennial children and my boomer wife are also unable to connect the dots. Is it somehow an instinct to seek out panacea in a chaotic world? History has shown this mass Stockholm Syndrome played out over and over again. The result is always the same....
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        • Posted by BCRinFremont 3 months, 2 weeks ago
          A quick review shows that Ms Rand did not like Orwell much, even though Orwell may have been influenced by Ms Rand. Orwell died in 1950 at 47 when Ms Rand was about 45, so they didn’t have a lot of time to meet.
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          • Posted by $ 3 months, 2 weeks ago
            Thank you for that information, I've been so busy that I was hoping someone could provide some perspective.
            Now that you mention it, I think you observe correctly: "Orwell may have been influenced by Ms Rand."
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