- Apr 2012
- Mpls. MN
Thinking that management of a political system should be predicated on or against Orwellian standards is not healthy thinking. Orwell was a fictional writer who posited an extremist system. Reality should not be based on extremism.
To characterize Orwell as an extremist is to fundamentally misunderstand him. His only extremist position was his absolute abhorrence of totalitarianism. Even in his fiction he exposed the weaknesses of extreme political systems. He wrote novels like Animal Farm and 1984 which were devastating critiques of collectivism. But he also wrote books like Down and Out in Paris and London and The Road to Wigan Pier which were devastating critiques of capitalism. Perhaps if you read the quote again (or even better, read the review from which it came (or even better than that, read the collected works of George Orwell)) you might have a better idea of what "Orwellian standards" really are.
I don't disagree very much with the remainder of your post, but I thought my use of the Orwell quote should be clarified.