British writer, author of 1984 and Animal Farm
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    Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 - 21 January 1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism and outspoken support of democratic socialism.


    NewOrwell, George (1903-1950) | Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, by David Ramsay Steele, The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, 15 Aug 2008
    Biographical essay
    "George Orwell was a British novelist, essayist, and social analyst. His writings, especially Animal Farm and 1984, had the effect of combating socialism, yet he was a committed socialist who never explicitly questioned socialism in the years immediately before his death at a comparatively young age. From the mid-1930s on, Orwell became increasingly preoccupied with the rise of totalitarianism. Orwell saw totalitarianism as a new slave state that would abolish capitalism, would be far worse than capitalism, and would not institute anything he would choose to call socialism."
    Related Topics: Myanmar, Spain, World War II


    25 Jun 1903, Eric Arthur Blair, in Motihari, India


    21 Jan 1950, in London

    Awards Received

    1984 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, granted by Libertarian Futurist Society, Prometheus Hall of Fame Award
    For Nineteen Eighty-Four
    2011 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, granted by Libertarian Futurist Society, Prometheus Hall of Fame Award
    For Animal Farm
    Animal Farm , Writer (novel)


    George Orwell - Hero of the Day, by John C. LeGere, The Daily Objectivist, 2000
    "Eric Arthur Blair, known to the world as George Orwell (1903-1950), was a 'socialist' who found himself unable to long abide any actual socialist party or regime. ... Unlike most on the Left—who either embrace totalitarianism or simply evade the logic of their own position—Orwell's intellectual honesty compelled him to spend his life banging his head against his perceived moral dilemma. The products of that struggle include some powerful writing, notably his last work, 1984. ... as a critic and counter-puncher he was fearless. And as the permanent bad conscience of all decent leftists, he is irreplaceable."
    Non-Marxist Theories of Imperialism, by Alan Fairgate, Feb 1976
    Examines writings of critics of imperialism that are not based on Marxist analysis
    "Murray Rothbard, in 'Harry Elmer Barnes as Revisionist of the Cold War' (in Arthur A. Goddard (ed.), Harry Elmer Barnes, Learned Crusader ...), focused on Barnes' use of George Orwell's 1984 as a model for understanding the emergence of 'military state capitalism' in the United States. While this theme was raised in Barnes' Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, it was most extensively developed by him in an unpublished manuscript, 'How'Nineteen Eighty-Four' Trends Threaten Peace, Freedom and Prosperity.'"
    The War System and Its Intellectual Myths, by Murray Rothbard, Harry Elmer Barnes: Learned Crusader, 1968
    Originally titled "Harry Elmer Barnes as Revisionist of the Cold War"
    "Harry Elmer Barnes ... has been greatly impressed by George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, and is unique in having penetrated to the real lesson that ... the monstrous and deadening dominion of 1984 society was being imposed upon all the world power-blocs through the excuse of perpetually cold and minor hot wars."
    Why Are We Afraid To Be Free?, by Butler Shaffer, 27 Nov 2001
    Examines the question of how to bring about freedom in individuals' lives, discussing how government influences people to be in conflicted states and how one must look within oneself and act accordingly to begin to be "free"
    "As George Orwell reminded us, the corruption of language is essential to the success of all political systems. ... Look at how Orwell's message continues to play out in our thinking. The Air Force's 'Strategic Air Command' motto, 'peace is our profession,' is straight out of 1984, just as 'affirmative action' programs remind us of the amended principle of Animal Farm that while 'all animals are equal, some are more equal than others.'"

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    Workers don't seem to be voting to unionize anymore!, by Chuck Asay, 21 Aug 2008

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