by Andrew Stuttaford

Andrew Sullivan has, he tells us, been re-reading Animal Farm. In his blog on Thursday he noted how, “one key shift toward totalitarianism in the novel comes when the old hymn “Beasts of England” gets replaced by Napoleon (the chief pig and Stalin figure) to a more generic song praising “Animal Farm.” Orwell’s point [thinks Sullivan] is that patriotism is, for all its faults, far more humane and progressive than its opposite.”
That’s very true, whether one is contemplating the rise of the international bureaucratic class in organizations such as the EU or the UN or, more dramatically, the appeal of communism or radical Islam, two ideologies with no room for the nation state.  

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