Here’s a good piece on why we should cool it a bit with George Orwell. There’s no denying the man’s literary genius, and he does have a lot to offer, but it is undeniable that far too many people have made him a mascot for their causes, including a lot of causes we know he would have wanted nothing to do with. His writing is so romantic, dramatic, and cut and dried morally. Really, anybody who gets to be such an unassailable argument-ender should be reappraised regardless. Also, as Judah notes, he was not such a fan of the Jews. Probably had a lot to do with the times but that’s the danger in elevating anybody into an all-time conscience of humanity on everything. Because that’s impossible. We’re all prisoners of our times.

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