That's a shame, because that essay is an insightful analysis of how words' meaning can be manipulated to advance political causes.
On the surface, Orwell's essay was about how the English language has been debased, and how language corruption cripples our ability to comprehend what writers mean. An implication is that as words' meaning becomes obtuse, ideological causes can be advanced.
One example of how a word's corrupted meaning has buttressed a political cause in America is "racism." A word which once had a specific meaning -- see below -- has become like "fascism" was when Orwell wrote in 1946: a word that has "no meaning except it signifies 'something not desirable.'"
Charges of "Racism!" are a major weapon in the Left's arsenal. All the Left has to do to send foes running for the tall clover is yell "Racism!" Everything from opposition to Obama's über-leftist agenda, to criticism of Eric Holder, to opposition to illegal immigration, to reaction to the Supreme Court's invalidation of portions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act engenders the same accusation: "Racism!"
The latest celebrity to be undone by the "Racism!" charge is Paula Deen, who has lost several business arrangements after admitting she uttered the "N"-word in the past. She hastily apologized, but to no avail. Now Random House has canceled publication of her next book, illustrating that when the charge is "Racism!" the First Amendment takes a back seat to the bottom line.
Deen joins a long list of personalities who have had their lives and careers ruined because they ran afoul of the thought police over the race issue.
We've also been treated to the notion that the phrase "crazy a**ed cracker," spoken by Trayvon Martin to Rachel Jeantel the night he died, and repeated by her at George Zimmerman's show trial, is not a racist comment.
Before language became so corrupted, those words would have definitely had a racial connotation. But not now, evidently.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary's definition of "racism" is "the belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race."
As someone born in the rural Midwest in the 1940s, and especially as someone who traveled in the South prior to the civil rights movement, I've seen racism. I am also old enough to have seen the tremendous strides this country has made dealing with race. Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, and Barack Obama; each name symbolizes the profound changes in how the United States of America has dealt with race since the end of World War II.
I am also old enough to realize how one narrow slice of our society has learned to use the charge of "Racism!" to cow their foes and advance their political agenda.
Two examples illustrate the points made in the immediately preceding paragraphs.