In 1984, Orwell has Winston Smith believe that the future belongs to the proles. Smith it seems has a vestigial romantic socialist notion of the proles as a sleeping beast that will awake one day and overthrow the party to create a new society. Perhaps when the middle and upper classes – the inner andContinue reading “The Future Belongs to the Proles”
NOTES: An excellent, thought-provoking article by Christopher Caldwell in the FT. on the current crop of ‘memoir frauds’, which is outraging those who want to be outraged by such things.
As well as posting them here, I am also putting up these Monday Poems up at ABCTales. This morning I received an email saying that yesterday’s Monday Poem A Slight Delay has been ‘Cherry Picked’*. This makes the 8th ‘Cherry Pick’ I’ve had at this site – a site which I have to say isContinue reading “Picking Cherries”
[NB this is a repost of a recent post on the old version of this blog.]The more I think about it, the more I believe that Orwell’s 1984 ought to be regarded as one of the most important novels, if not the most important novel, of the 20th Century. For not only have several concepts,Continue reading “Doublethink”