The Official Story or the Popular Rumor

In an article by Christopher Hitchens in Vanity Fair, titled The Importance of Being Orwell, Hitchens quotes Orwell’s diary as saying:

We are all drowning in filth. When I talk to anyone or read the writings of anyone who has any axe to grind, I feel that intellectual honesty and balanced judgement have simply disappeared from the face of the earth. Everyone’s thought is forensic, everyone is simply putting a “case” with deliberate suppression of his opponents point of view, and, what is more, with complete insensitiveness to any sufferings except those of himself and his friends.

Later Hitchens says of Orwell, “This need to know things at the level of basic Continue reading

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