The Corner

Great Minds Think Alike

“You could never make an -ism out of [Samuel] Johnson’s apothegms. They are

riddled with contradictions and non sequiturs, as Macaulay pointed out in a

brilliant (and mostly sympathetic) essay. …. Same Orwell, whom I also

adore–not for his political philosophy, which was mostly wrong-headed, but

for his broad outlook and scrupulous honesty.”—Derb, The Corner, 5/11/03

“Oddest of all is Orwell’s political program, which seemed coherent at the

time, but which nobody has ever successfully pinned down. Part of the power

and appeal of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four is that, notoriously,

they may be read as supporting the views of anyone from a hardline

Trotskyite to a raging Tory.”—Philip Hensher, the Spectator, 5/10/03.

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