Dating george orwell reviews
Socialism could not come by seizure of power or by Act of Parliament, but only by convincing people in fair and open debate and by example.
He would take no excuses and he mocked pretentious talk of ‘ideological necessity’.
He became a Socialist (somewhat later than people think) and denied fiercely, whether in reviewing a book by Professor Hayek or in the story of , that equality necessarily negates liberty.
On the contrary, he stood in that lineage of English socialists who, through Morris, Blatchford, Tawney, Cole, Laski and Bevan, have argued that only in a more egalitarian and fraternal society can liberties flourish and abound for the common people.
Publication of a life of such a famous near contemporary has inevitably stimulated the offering of new evidence which I can now add in this revised edition.
So I have decided to go beyond a reprint with its silent corrections of small errors and to add an Appendix of ‘Afterthoughts and Aftermatter’; but to leave the original text as it was written. Jill Furlong, of the Orwell Archive at University College, London, was as helpful and knowledgeable as her predecessor, indeed as anyone can possibly be.And many helpful reviews and letters have led me to correct or clarify points of fact and to remedy infelicities of style. New matter continued to come in, especially stimulated by the great media non-event of ‘1984’.So additional thanks are particularly due to, among many who wrote to me: Sydney D. It is arguable whether any of it is important enough by itself to justify a new edition, but if the book is reprinted, as demand is still strong, then there is a strong cumulative case to enrich and get right essential detail.It was a tradition that stressed the importance of freely held values, to which the structural arguments of Marxism were, at best, only marginal.Yet his influence has been to reprove backsliding socialists, to sustain democratic Socialists (he always capitalized it thus) and to win back Communist fellow-travellers rather than to convert non-socialists.