British writer, author of 1984 and Animal Farm


New25 Jun 1903, Eric Arthur Blair, in Motihari, India


New21 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, The Daily Objectivist, 2000
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this theme was raised in Barnes' Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, it was most extensively developed by him in an unpublished manuscript, 'How'Nineteen Eighty-Four' Trends Threaten Peace, Freedom and Prosperity.'"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 N. 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.'"

Cartoons and Comic Strips

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