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Dickens on Unions from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

October 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · Politics, Progressive Politics, Trade Unionism

(Dickens) despises politics, does not believe that any good can come out of Parliament—he had been a Parliamentary shorthand writer, which was no doubt a disillusioning experience—and he is slightly hostile to the most hopeful movement of his day, trade unionism. In HARD TIMES trade unionism is represented as something not much better than a racket, something that happens because employers are not sufficiently paternal.

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