Since the 2016 elections there has been renewed interest in reading the novel 1984, by English author, George Orwell. Some people seem to think this important work, published in 1949, is actually a prediction of where our society is currently headed.
While I have always enjoyed reading 1984, I believe another great work of Orwell’s is more germane.
Animal Farm, is an allegorical novella of a society that loses its way, following the leadership of a dishonest, con-man politician. This society evolves into a brutal dictatorship, built upon a cult of personality enforced by a reign of terror.
Yet, while we are facing a somewhat similar situation today, I don’t believe Orwell was psychic.
The author wrote this book, he said, because he was a was a critic of Joseph Stalin and hostile to Moscow-directed Stalinism.
Animal Farm merely proves that history has a remarkable habit of repeating itself.
It is, therefore, our responsibility to learn the lessons history teaches so as to avoid the pitfalls of the past.
Perhaps someday we will get it right.
Senator Mitch McConnell tried to silence her, insisting she not deliver the truth to her peers in the Senate. Forgetting himself, the senator from Kentucky spoke disrespectfully, by ordering her to sit down and be silent — as if she were a naughty child and not a full-fledged member of the Senate of the United States.
Elizabeth Warren is not easily dismissed. Although not permitted to speak before the members of the United Sates Senate, Senator Elizabeth Warren of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, instead delivered her message to millions, maybe billions of American citizens, who understood that truth cannot be silenced by Mr. McConnell, or any other servant of tyranny.
Having read that some people planned to ignore television coverage of the Inauguration, I realized it would be an effective form of protest, and It is exactly what I now plan to do. At first my plan to boycott televised coverage was just a private thing between me and my conscience, but I have since reconsidered. How much more effective the protest would be with hundreds or maybe even hundreds of thousands taking part! What do you think? Can we do it? Only if we try.