Tag Archives: George Orwell

Giving an Appearance of Solidity to Pure Wind

Precision in language makes life easier for everyone. Problems can be solved, or at least addressed calmly, when everyone knows what everyone else is actually talking about. Sure someone will be angry, and another appalled, but this time, if each … Continue reading

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Hegemonic Masculinity

“Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.” That was George Orwell … Continue reading

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Using the Nineties

Those of us who were once English teachers like this sort of thing: A group of more than 400 writers, including big names such as Stephen King, David Eggers, Amy Tan, Junot Díaz and Cheryl Strayed, released an online petition … Continue reading

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Word Soup

There are seventeen Republicans running for president at the moment, or sixteen, and Donald Trump. They all have something to say. It’s time to quote George Orwell again. “When one watches some tired hack on the platform mechanically repeating the … Continue reading

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Assuming Perpetual War

Just like in that George Orwell novel we’ve always been at war – and we got the omnipresent government surveillance he predicted too, and public mind control, or at least Fox News and Nike commercials, and a political system under … Continue reading

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We Could Use Some of That Here

Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious. That is what George Orwell was saying back in 1939, in a review of a new book by Bertrand Russell, and the times were all that different … Continue reading

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