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Tub-Thumper - 1. A speaker or preacher who for emphasis thumps the pulpit; a violent or declamatory preacher or orator; a ranter. (from oed.com). This blog will be a combination of reasoned posting somedays and an occasional rant.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
THE GOOD GEORGE
It was 56 years ago today that George Orwell died. I have always been a major fan of his, in fact, I even have this picture on my wall at home. You look at it and he seems to stare at you and say "get a move on". The little picture of the house next to my profile is Barnhill, the house where he wrote 1984 on the Isle of Jura. I even went there on a sort of pilgrimage. It is possibly the most remote house in the British Isles. I think it is time for some of his finer quotes.

One thing about Orwell is that although he was definitely on the left he was the sort to tell his own team to get their house in order before they start abusing the opposition. Therefore I am putting up a couple of his criticisms of the left here...

"Sometimes, when I listen to these people talking, and still more when I read their books, I get the impression that, to them, the whole Socialist movement is no more than a kind of exciting heresy-hunt-a leaping to and fro of frenzied witch-doctors to the beat of tom-toms and the tune of Fee fi, fo, fum, I smell the blood of a right-wing deviationist!'" (The Road to Wigan Pier)

"It is fatal to let the ordinary inquirer get away with the idea that being a Socialist means wearing sandals and burbling about dialectical materialism. You have got to make it clear that there is room in the Socialist movement for human beings, or the game is up."
(The Road to Wigan Pier)

"Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket."

"All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome."

"All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting."

"Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper."

"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

"Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals."

"Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."

"The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them."

"There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them."

"War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it. "

Enough for now. A good website for all things Orwell can be found here.

posted by michael the tubthumper @ 5:56 pm  
6 Comments:
  • At 9:13 pm, Blogger GraemeAnfinson said…

    Happy b-day to the good George. THe good George went to Spain and fought for his ideals. the bad george prefers to let others do the dying

    I am interested in the 1936-39 spanish civil war, anyone know any good books??

     
  • At 12:57 am, Blogger enigma4ever said…

    Great post....and so sad ...Orwell would be turning in his grave right now...come over to my blogroll- scroll to Orwell's Grave- Great blog...

    ( yours is too..)

     
  • At 4:00 am, Blogger anybody said…

    Interesting post Michael. I enjoyed the quotes. You also answered a lingering question I had about whether or not you lived in that house.

     
  • At 1:57 pm, Blogger michael the tubthumper said…

    i wish i did!

     
  • At 1:55 pm, Blogger michael the tubthumper said…

    graeme - u must know homage to catalonia obviously.

    enigma - just going to check out your blogroll now

     
  • At 2:00 pm, Blogger Rainbow Demon said…

    Thanks for the info Michael.
    You probably know this site then...

    I've linked to you again, my friend.

    Peace,
    =RD=

     
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About Me: Tub-Thumper - 1. A speaker or preacher who for emphasis thumps the pulpit; a violent or declamatory preacher or orator; a ranter. This blog will be a combination of reasoned posting somedays and an occasional rant. 28 years old, I write and research for a couple of websites and also do my own stuff.
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