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The Complex Moral Calculus of Politics from “Writers and Leviathan” in “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

November 16th, 2011 · No Comments · Complexity, Economics, Ideology, Means and Ends, Morality, Politics, Progressive Politics, Writing

We feel this dilemma to be a painful one, because we see the need of engaging in politics while also seeing what a dirty, degrading business it is. And most of us still have a lingering belief that every choice, even every political choice, is between good and evil, and that if a thing is necessary it is also right. We should, I think, get rid of this belief, which belongs to the nursery. In politics one can never do more than decide which of two evils is the lesser, and there are some situations from which one can only escape by acting like a devil or a lunatic.

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