Happy Birthday, George Orwell

Writer George Orwell

Eric Arthur Blair, known by his pen name George Orwell, is one of the most celebrated authors of all times. He was born in India in 1903, but died on January 21, 1950 in London, England.

Though he was what he called a “democratic socialist,” he spoke out against socialists and liberty-minded folks about becoming tyrannical. This can be seen in his works 1984 and Animal Farm, both, among his other works, were highly regarded when they were published and to this very day.

The term Orwellian (meant to describe an oppressive government) has become a household euphemism along with: Big Brother, thought police, and many, many others.

Today, his books are more needed than ever. They teach a lesson about conformity to a government that only seeks to enslave us both physically, mentally, and even spiritually to some extent.

Many have tried to rewrite what he was saying in his works like Animal Farm & 1984. Conservatives assume it is about Communism while Liberals assume it is about a Dictatorship. The truth is, it is about both. While the former novel makes it clear that a corrupt form of socialism has taken over, it is not the state the people serve, it is Big Brother.

How do I interpret this? Like I said, Orwell was an outspoken democratic socialist, but he saw the flaws in his own ideal system of government along with the flaws in a Capitalistic government. It is my opinion that he was trying to warn everyone, Capitalist and socialist alike, that there are dangers to allowing a government to run out of control.

This day and age is when we need to understand it the most.

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