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Old 06-14-2018, 01:42 AM   #1
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Default The Prevention of Literature

It's a long speech, but read it all the way through.
It's worth it......Even if it was in 1946.

http://www.orwell.ru/library/essays/...english/e_plit

I have my own opinions, for what they are worth.
I'd like to hear what some of you would say about it.
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It is possible that the Russophile intelligentsia, if they had not succumbed to that particular myth, would have succumbed to another of much the same kind. But at any rate the Russian myth is there, and the corruption it causes stinks. When one sees highly educated men looking on indifferently at oppression and persecution, one wonders which to despise more, their cynicism or their shortsightedness. Many scientists, for example, are the uncritical admirers of the U.S.S.R. They appear to think that the destruction of liberty is of no importance so long as their own line of work is for the moment unaffected. The U.S.S.R. is a large, rapidly developing country which has an acute need of scientific workers and, consequently, treats them generously. Provided that they steer clear of dangerous subjects such as psychology, scientists are privileged persons. Writers, on the other hand, are viciously persecuted. It is true that literary prostitutes like Ilya Ehrenburg or Alexei Tolstoy are paid huge sums of money, but the only thing which is of any value to the writer as such — his freedom of expression — is taken away from him. Some, at least, of the English scientists who speak so enthusiastically of the opportunities to be enjoyed by scientists in Russia are capable of understanding this. But their reflection appears to be: ‘Writers are persecuted in Russia. So what? I am not a writer.’ They do not see that any attack on intellectual liberty, and on the concept of objective truth, threatens in the long run every department of thought.

For the moment the totalitarian state tolerates the scientist because it needs him. Even in Nazi Germany, scientists, other than Jews, were relatively well treated and the German scientific community, as a whole, offered no resistance to Hitler. At this stage of history, even the most autocratic ruler is forced to take account of physical reality, partly because of the lingering-on of liberal habits of thought, partly because of the need to prepare for war. So long as physical reality cannot altogether be ignored, so long as two and two have to make four when you are, for example, drawing the blueprint of an aeroplane, the scientist has his function, and can even be allowed a measure of liberty. His awakening will come later, when the totalitarian state is firmly established. Meanwhile, if he wants to safeguard the integrity of science, it is his job to develop some kind of solidarity with his literary colleagues and not disregard it as a matter of indifference when writers are silenced or driven to suicide, and newspapers systematically falsified.



umm... fake news, bro. we blame your media

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Default I am anti-Tyranny.

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Originally Posted by BurntBulb View Post
It's a long speech, but read it all the way through.
It's worth it......Even if it was in 1946.

http://www.orwell.ru/library/essays/...english/e_plit

I have my own opinions, for what they are worth.
I'd like to hear what some of you would say about it.
"Escape from Freedom" by Erich Fromm addresses this very issue.
There are those never "so unfree" as all of those that do falsely believe they are so,
but actually are not!

Orwell was a prophet, especially in regards to what was happening in the post-WWII UK.
What had began in the UK has spread to infect the rest of the West and the USA as well.
See:
http://occupypeace.com/stories/dr-pa...peace-now,3563

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