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Political Experiments – “Why Orwell Matters” – Christopher Hitchens

July 3rd, 2011 · No Comments · Communism, Democracy, Economics, Ideology, Means and Ends, Policy, Politics, Progressive Politics, Socialism

A phrase much used by Communist intellectuals of the period was ‘the great Soviet experiment’. That latter word should have been enough in itself to put people on their guard. To turn a country into a laboratory is to give ample warning of inhumanity. So queasy are we about the thought of experiments on living people that we try them out first — on animals. Orwell spoke, perhaps, more truly than he knew when he decided on the title and subtitle of his ‘fairy story’.

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