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“Rudyard Kipling” from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

November 5th, 2011 · No Comments · Australian Labor Party, Electoralism, Means and Ends, Politics, Progressive Politics

He identified himself with the ruling power and not with the opposition. In a gifted writer this seems to us strange and even disgusting, but it did have the advantage of giving Kipling a certain grip on reality. The ruling power is always faced with the question, ‘In such and such circumstances, what would you DO?’, whereas the opposition is not obliged to take responsibility or make any real decisions. Where it is a permanent and pensioned opposition, as in England, the quality of its thought deteriorates accordingly.

…he gained a corresponding advantage from having at least tried to imagine what action and responsibility are like.

This is a really fundamental insight I think.

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