“Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).
The most Left-wing, government supported media outlet in Britain, The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has refused to have a statue of George Orwell erected at its new facility in London.
Their reason: Orwell is “too Left-Wing”.
The question of Orwell being “too Left-wing” defies logic; but you could say, why should we care, indeed this question seems to defy logic as well. However, to understand your enemy, it is imperative to know his weaknesses and strengths; make no mistake, International Socialism is one of our enemies and they intend to destroy us. These vignettes from contemporary life allow us to see the into the psyche of the malignant Socialist and appraise his weakness of character.
To those who have read 1984 and Animal Farm, it is curious that a Socialist propaganda bureau would say that Orwell was too Left-wing, but remember the BBC is a propaganda bureau for the international Socialist revolution and the truth is only important, when it contributes to the message; yet there is more to the story.
Orwell was a card carrying Socialist: however, he was not an ideologue and he was not stupid. He knew of and understood the Socialist experiments and failures of National Socialism in Nazi Germany, and of the other types of Socialism in Italy, Spain, France, China, and Russia. They all tried Socialism and they all failed miserably. He knew of the heartlessness and cruelty of totalitarian regimes and of their indifference to genocide. In particular he criticized the Soviet experiment and its leaders most harshly in Animal Farm. In fact the utter brutality and stupidity of the Soviet regime was the point of the novel.
Still, it seems a little odd for one of Britain’s most famous authors of the 20th Century, who is considered the father of political journalism, a Socialist, and a former journalist for the BBC to be rejected by the BBC. What misdemeanor did he commit to be rejected by his brethren. Perhaps we should remember that the Socialist or Communist movement is international and the Soviet experiment, as brutal and pathetic as it has been, is one of the longest lasting and most successful experiments in Communism.
The followers of Marx, like the sycophants of Obama, have nothing to boast of that can be used as a measure or indication of success, but there is the relative success of Russia. The thinkers of the revolution choose to ignore the genocide, purges, murders, and starvation, and look instead on the longevity of the Russian experiment and its relative successes. Pointing out the failures of the leaders and of the movement itself casts negative aspersions on the revolution. Ideologues within the movement are unaware of the contradictions and are more than willing to play their roles as Useful Idiots, without ever questioning the authenticity or motives of the party line. They pride themselves on thinking whatever they are instructed to think, but it is indeed the thinkers that seethe in anger at the thought of one of their own stepping beyond the perimeter of Orwellian “Groupthink”, this is the true reason for the rejection of Orwell by some of the most influential Socialists in the world. Acting like the pigs led by Napoleon (Stalin) in the novel Animal Farm, they can’t stand deviation from prescribed thoughts or behavior.
“In my opinion, nothing has contributed so much to the corruption of the original idea of socialism as the belief that Russia is a socialist country and that every act of its rulers must be excused, if not imitated. And so for the last ten years, I have been convinced that the destruction of the Soviet myth was essential if we wanted a revival of the socialist movement.”
In Orwell’s novel, Mr Jones the owner of Manor Farm, portrays Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia and Mrs Jones is his wife Alexandra. Mr Piklington, owner of Foxwood, is a composite of the political leaders of Britain. Mr. Fredrick, owner of Pinchfield portrays Hitler. He is said to have flogged an old horse to death and starved his cows and killed a dog by throwing it into the furnace, overt references to the Jews and euthanasia. Mr. Whymper was a solicitor and arranged trade between Animal Farm and the outside world. In reality, he is an opportunist capitalist trading with the animals or Soviets.
Napoleon the pig represents Stalin and Old Major portrays Lenin. Major dies and his skull is put on display, much like the remains of Lenin. Snowball represents Trotsky who was purged from Russia and public consciousness and eventually assassinated by Stalin’s henchmen in Mexico. Squealer portrays the Russian media and their mission of disseminating propaganda for the state, much like our own MSM propaganda. Major also represents Karl Marx in a composite role of personalities in his former role as a show pig.
The horses represented by Boxer and Clover the mare were the not-to-bright workers who are the “Useful Idiots” of today and of the 20th Century; they believed everything the pigs told them and passed on the information to others as the gospel. Boxer’s personal motto was “I will work harder”.
Mollie was a mare that had been a show horse. She portrays lower members of the aristocracy and those who remained loyal to the Tsar, the White Russians. She goes along with the revolution initially, but begins to miss the fine treatment, fine ribbons (clothing), grain cake and sugar treats she received from humans; she deserts the revolution to go to one of the neighboring farms in Willingdon.
The dogs are the dogs of war in the book and portray the military police. Pinscher is mentioned as being at a meeting and is never mentioned again; the reader is left to assume he is a victim of one of the purges. Jesse and Bluebell are the mothers of pups that are stolen and raised by the pigs as secret police, who become the personal bodyguards of Napoleon. All three dogs mentioned by name in the book are said to be dead in the epilogue.
The birds play a curious group, they are nervous over the main directive of “Animalism”, “Four Legs Good Two Legs Bad” in real life they were the farmers, clergy, and other non-labor groups, in Obamanation, they are the non-union workers. In the days of Stalin, the proletariat referred to urban workers, farmers and workers in the country felt left out of program. Napoleon complicates their situation by telling them they must surrender all their eggs to the revolution. They revolt and smash some of their eggs. Napoleon reacts by starving them like Stalin did with the peasants in the Ukraine, until many of the birds die of starvation. Eventually the birds are convinced that since their wings are for propulsion the can be considered legs rather than arms.
Moses was a raven and he represented the Russian Orthodox Church. He kept telling everyone about the “Sugar Candy Mountain” where all the animals lived together in peace and harmony after they died. Moses didn’t work, initially he was allowed to stay and was given a ration of daily beer, but the days of Moses were numbered.
The dim-witted pigeons were sent out to spread the word of “Animalism” (Communism) to the rest of the world.
The craziness of Stalin’s Five Year Plans were represented, as well as the cruelty of the purges, in detail that readers still find horrifying.
Orwell was a Socialist, but he was honest and a realist, this causes a problem in the surreal world of Liberalism, Progressivism, Socialism, or Communism or whatever the catchword of the day is among those who walk the tightrope of dishonesty in order to portray themselves as acceptable to the rest of the world. Orwell freely admitted the Russians, Nazis, French, Italians, Spanish and many others failed in their Socialist experiments. He was a political journalist with a creative mind; a real danger to the Napoleon of his novel and the Napoleons of Socialism throughout the world. Yes, he is an irritant to the less-creative Socialist Political Journalist/propagandist of today.
The BBC president Thompson gave the typical Left-wing deflection and obfuscation at the suggestion of erecting a statue of Orwell in front of the new BBC head office building to Baroness Joan Bakewell, a sponsor of the project,
“Oh no, Joan, we can’t possibly. It’s far too Left-wing an idea.”
The ruthless pigs of Animal Farm live on and to those who expect Socialism to be without minor flaws, they say, “Oh no, Joan, we can’t possibly. It’s far too Left-wing an idea.”