Thanks to our March PD Book Club pick, and President Trump’s overwhelming willingness to hop, skip and completely jump over due process, starting out this week with some Orwell just seemed appropriate.
Sure, you might have thumbed through 1984 and Animal Farm in the past, so when you hear the phrase, “That’s Orwellian,” you obviously understand the connotation, but for Memory Lane Monday let’s go a bit deeper.
A Little Orwell 101
Actually named Eric Arthur Blair, working under the moniker George Orwell, he was the author that popularized such 2018 terms as doublethink, newspeak, Big Brother, and thought police.
Of course, he has a plethora of celebrated quote staples including the following:
“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”
“That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.”
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims, but accomplices.”
Orwell died at 46, from tuberculosis in 1950.