Happy Birthday, George Orwell, ironically on the day after #Brexit…


Happy Birthday, George Orwell. As a teen I was a bit obsessed with 1984, Keep The Aspidistra Flying, and Animal Farm. Perhaps it was because I was a teen during Reagonomics, Thatcherism, a still very active cold war and the constant threat of a nuclear apocalypse. Nightmares about a future being just like the scary visions of Mad Max seemed not too crazy. His words rang true, even decades after they were first published.

Then we had Gorbachev, glasnost and the Berlin Wall came down, to much celebration. (We’ll never forget you in your flashing jacket, ‘Hoff!). Driving Trabants became post-modern ironic, and the UK joined the EU. They kept the £ instead of embracing the €, but were proudly part of the reunited European family.

The day after the utter madness of the #Brexit decision has led me to think about George Orwell’s words of wisdom, and how as much as things change, the more they stay the same…




Wow, love this. Another wonderful feature by the always interesting Brain Pickings.

Haunting Illustrations for Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Introduced by the Courageous Journalist Who Broke the Edward Snowden Story


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