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>> No.18430845 [View]
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>The sexual impulse, not to put it any higher, is a fundamental impulse, and starvation of it can be almost as demoralizing as physical hunger. The evil of poverty is not so much that it makes a man suffer as that it rots him physically and spiritually. And there can be no doubt that sexual starvation contributes to this rotting process. Cut off from the whole race of women, a tramp feels himself degraded to the rank of a cripple or a lunatic. No humiliation could do more damage to a man’s self-respect.
This reads like proto-houellebecq. Is he right bros?

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Sorry if this is a retarded question (I'm new here) but there's books shitting on authoritarianism everywhere.
>picrel
>The Turner Diaries
>Brave New World
>The Handmaid's Tale
Is there any media saying that maybe letting people do whatever they want is bad too? Not saying I think that, I'm just curious.

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20th century Vaush

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>If there was hope, it must lie in the proles
So we can pretty much discard all Orwell's ideas regarding society, right?
No-one who writes such a low IQ statement deserves to be taken seriously.

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Is our language actually being dumbed down the way Orwell said? Previously existing shades of meaning erased from human consciousness for good through the power of language?
>'Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. Already, in the Eleventh Edition, we're not far from that point. But the process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there's no reason or excuse for committing thoughtcrime. It's merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control. But in the end there won't be any need even for that. The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect. Newspeak is Ingsoc and Ingsoc is Newspeak,' he added with a sort of mystical satisfaction. 'Has it ever occurred to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?'

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How could he write against communism when he fought for the communists?

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Any books that are like his but less Midwitty? He oversimplifies everything and it triggers me so much.

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What would Orwell have thought about people not being allowed to go outside or see their family in order to "save lives"?

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>>17270572
>"complex" ideas need complex words
Postmodernism was a mistake. The only thing making so-called "complex ideas" complex is obtuse, circuitous wording designed to obfuscate the author's own intellectual bankruptcy. Observe:

"I returned and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all."

vs

"Objective consideration of contemporary phenomena compels the conclusion that success or failure in competitive activities exhibits no tendency to be commensurate with innate capacity, but that a considerable element of the unpredictable must invariably be taken into account."

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Would he have gotten the John Cleese treatment if he lived longer? I'm a bit surprised it doesn't happen more often to his memory.

He's always enjoyed protections from his supposed intellectual status. I can see them not just liking him in general if it wasn't for his libertarian democratic socialist hobbyist ideaology. Does anyone really oppose the idea of surveillance and secret policing of those they dislike? Not really. The outdated themes of sex relations doesn't exactly jive with modern feminism. Not liking "big towns", anti-urbanism is an automatic reason for suspicion to some these days, for better or worse. What it denotes that he wrote racist Mongoloid skull shape descriptions to depict a character trait for a servant in 1984.
Is it time he's retired?

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>despised commies with a passion
>despised fascists with a passion

What on earth did this guy stand for?

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>>16696700
I don't know about order, but the following are good:

The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936–39 by Antony Beevor
Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939 by Adam Hochschild
Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

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http://harmful.cat-v.org/words/politics-and-the-english-language

I feel like many of you need to read this

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>>16511892
The thought police.

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>>15871713
>3. Colour Feeling. The old-style contemptuous attitude towards ‘natives’ has been much weakened in England, and various pseudo-scientific theories emphasizing the superiority of the white race have been abandoned.[7] Among the intelligentsia, colour feeling only occurs in the transposed form, that is, as a belief in the innate superiority of the coloured races. This is now increasingly common among English intellectuals, probably resulting more often from masochism and sexual frustration than from contact with the Oriental and Negro nationalist movements. Even among those who do not feel strongly on the colour question, snobbery and imitation have a powerful influence. Almost any English intellectual would be scandalized by the claim that the white races are superior to the coloured, whereas the opposite claim would seem to him unexceptionable even if he disagreed with it. Nationalistic attachment to the coloured races is usually mixed up with the belief that their sex lives are superior, and there is a large underground mythology about the sexual prowess of Negroes.

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>>15856792
>3. Colour Feeling. The old-style contemptuous attitude towards ‘natives’ has been much weakened in England, and various pseudo-scientific theories emphasizing the superiority of the white race have been abandoned.[7] Among the intelligentsia, colour feeling only occurs in the transposed form, that is, as a belief in the innate superiority of the coloured races. This is now increasingly common among English intellectuals, probably resulting more often from masochism and sexual frustration than from contact with the Oriental and Negro nationalist movements. Even among those who do not feel strongly on the colour question, snobbery and imitation have a powerful influence. Almost any English intellectual would be scandalized by the claim that the white races are superior to the coloured, whereas the opposite claim would seem to him unexceptionable even if he disagreed with it. Nationalistic attachment to the coloured races is usually mixed up with the belief that their sex lives are superior, and there is a large underground mythology about the sexual prowess of Negroes.

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>>15522567
*blocks your path*
>>15522580
>because this shit isn't convincing whatsoever.
quite the oposite i would say ,just because is honnest about being a low iq a piece of shit the american people love him, atleast those who vote for him.
obama was a high iq piece of shit and once he got put of office its like he didnt exist , i mean is there any policie he made still exist?

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Why is Orwell more known than Huxley?

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1984 and Animal Farm seem to be the only contact a large portion of the population has with 'serious' literature. Why is this? They don't have very much in the way of literary merit, and their political relevance isn't particularly great either these days. There are many books out there which are both more accessible and more rewarding than these two. Is it because the average person thinks serious literature must make an explicit point about a subject which is perceived as important? Could this also explain the popularity of figures like Dostoyevsky among the general public?

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>As I have tried to show, modern writing at its worst does not consist in picking out words for the sake of their meaning and inventing images in order to make the meaning clearer. It consists in gumming together long strips of words which have already been set in order by someone else, and making the results presentable by sheer humbug. The attraction of this way of writing is that it is easy. It is easier — even quicker, once you have the habit — to say "In my opinion it is not an unjustifiable assumption that" than to say "I think." If you use ready-made phrases, you not only don't have to hunt about for the words; you also don't have to bother with the rhythms of your sentences since these phrases are generally so arranged as to be more or less euphonious.

How did he predict modern Internet (4chan and Twitter) dialects?

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Thoughts on the essay "Politics and the English Language"? Just read for the first time and loved it. Seems very relevant to these new normal times

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1984 has become a meme at this point, thoughts?

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So Zamyatin, but reddit?



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