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Orwell’s Fairness – “Why Orwell Matters” – Christopher Hitchens

July 4th, 2011 · No Comments · Communism, Humanism, Politics

But it remains the case that, in an epoch of extreme yet cynically fluctuating factional loyalism, he managed both to be a consistent and adamant foe of both Hitler and Stalin, while writing commentaries that tried to be ‘objective’ about each of them. Of Hitler he wrote that while he would gladly kill him, he could not hate him. The abysmal pathos of the man was all too evident. At the last moment, he changed the proofs of Animal Farm so that the story would say: ‘All the animals, except Napoleon, flung themselves flat on their bellies.’ The original had read ‘All the animals, including Napoleon’, but Orwell had been assured by Russian exiles that Stalin had remained in Moscow during the German assault, and he wished to be fair to him.

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