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.<quoted text>
But people in commiefornia are already owned by the leftists and mean absolutely nothing in this election.
Its the states like mine where people think for themselves that matter and the politicians are begging us to vote for them.
Still, it seems a little odd for one of Britains 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 cant stand deviation from prescribed thoughts or behavior.