Above are finger puppets of George Orwell and Karl Marx -- the anti-Communist versus the Communist -- that I came across recently [April 2012] in a book store. Below each is the little booklet describing them:
German scholar and originator of the fundamental theory of communism, Marx viewed political, social, and economic reality as based in the class struggle. He predicted that capitalism would destroy itself and the proletariat would come to power and begin a new age, free of economic exploitation. Marx wrote much of his work, including THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO and DAS KAPITAL, with Friedrich Engels.
Author and journalist, Orwell attended Eton as a young man, and then, without the means of attending university, traveled to Burma to join the Imperial Police. He later spent time in Paris with the hopes of becoming a writer, but found himself "Down and Out". A tour of duty with the BBC, travel and involvement with various socialist causes preceded his final works -- the anti-Stalinist allegory ANIMAL FARM and the frightening totalitarian society of NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR.
I couldn't resist buying the puppets and sharing them with ORWELL TODAY readers -- so symbolic are they of what Orwell was exposing in ANIMAL FARM and 1984 -- life under the Communist-Capitalist systems set up by adherents of Marx. ~ Jackie Jura
ORWELL BIRTHDAY TYPING ASPIDISTRA
COMMUNISTS ENSLAVE BRITISH FREE PRESS
RUSSIAN KGB BUYS UK NEWSPAPERS
watch The Bloody History of Communism, YouTube
Hillaire Belloc on Communism/Usury/TruthSuppression, 1940
ORWELL WALKS WILLINGDON DOWNS (...St Cyprian's, the boarding school Orwell attended for 5 years, was just outside Eastbourne in Sussex, a fashionable and very respectable south-coast summer resort, and even then a town favoured for retirement among the prosperous middle class.... Retrace your steps to Eastbourne's Grand Parade. Opposite the delightful Victoria pier there is still a hotel on the corner and here at number 4 was Friedrich Engels' holiday home on his regular visits to England. Maybe when Karl Marx and his family came to visit him from June to July 1881 they also stayed here as Engels' guests. The twin founders of Communism had worked together on the Communist Manifesto in 1848. Engels was a great financial supporter of Marx who was frequently reduced to great poverty and possibly the main purpose of Marx's visit only two years before his death, was to improve his health....After Engel's death in 1895, in accordance with his last request, Friedrich Engels' ashes were scattered in the sea off Beachy Head... Drive out of Eastbourne town centre along Uppertown Road bearing left into The Goffs. This becomes High Street then Church Street. Turn left into Vicarage Road...Go along Vicarage Drive and turn into Summerdown Road. Number 67 was the site of St Cyprian's School...)
Mein Kampf, by Adolf Hitler, Review by George Orwell, The Collected Essays, Journalism & Letters of George Orwell, Volume II, My Country Right or Left, 1940-1943
Orwell reviews Hitler's Mein Kampf (wants it put on record never been able to dislike Hitler), New English Weekly, Mar 21, 1940
The art of fiction: George Orwell (an Orwell review of Mein Kampf), Spectator, May 25, 2012
...In a review of Mein Kampf, which Orwell published in March 1940, he wrote: "When one compares his [Hitler’s] utterances of a year or so ago with those made fifteen years earlier, a thing that strikes one is the rigidity of his mind, the way in which his world-view doesn’t develop. It is the fixed vision of a monomaniac and not likely to be much affected by the temporary manoeuvres of power politics. I should like to put it on record that I have never been able to dislike Hitler. Ever since he came to power — till then, like nearly everyone, I had been deceived into thinking that he did not matter — I have reflected that I would certainly kill him if I could get within reach of him, but that I could feel no personal animosity. The fact is that there is something deeply appealing about him. One feels it again when one sees his photographs — and I recommend especially the photograph at the beginning of Hurst and Blackett’s edition, which shows Hitler in his early Brownshirt days. It is a pathetic, dog-like face, the face of a man suffering under intolerable wrongs. In a rather more manly way it reproduces the expression of innumerable pictures of Christ crucified, and there is little doubt that that is how Hitler sees himself. The initial personal cause of his grievance against the universe can only be guessed at; but at any rate the grievance is there. He is the martyr, the victim. Prometheus chained to the rock, the self-sacrificing hero who fights single-handed against impossible odds. If he were killing a mouse he would know how to make it seem like a dragon. One feels, as with Napoleon, that he is fighting against destiny, that he can’t win, and yet that he somehow deserves to. The attraction of such a pose is of course enormous; half the films that one sees turn upon some such theme."...
watch The Real George Orwell, Part 1/6 (2003 documentary by biographer DJ Taylor), You Tube and Part 2/6 and Part 3/6 and Part 4/6 and Part 5/6 and Part 6/6
ONE GEORGIE ORWELL RAVE REVIEWS (...All eight songs have been well received by a cheering audience but perhaps the last two -- "1984" and "Grouchy Marxists" -- have had the greatest impact. Below are the lyrics to "Grouchy Marxist"...)
ORWELL'S CRYPTO-COMMIE LIST (The intellectual establishment condemn Orwell for making a list of people he suspected of being Communists or having Communist leanings ("fellow-travellers") and giving it to the British government. When Animal Farm and 1984 were published the books received violent reviews from the right-wing-owned left-wing press (the capitalist communists). Critics called Orwell every name in the book including "maggot, octopus, hyena and swine". These attacks made Orwell feel that he must have struck home...)
ORWELL & LENIN DIED; HISS JAILED (Alger Hiss - one of USA President Roosevelt's advisors and the first Secretary General of the United Nations - was found guilty of being a Communist spy and thrown into prison on the same day Orwell died - January 21, 1950. Symbolically, this is also the day in 1924 that Lenin - the America-funded leader of the Communist Revolution - died. Orwell, one of Communism's greatest enemies, would have been pleased about Hiss being jailed. His two greatest books - "Animal Farm" and "1984" - were analogies, in large part, of life under Lenin and Stalin...
ORWELL'S PUBLISHING PROBLEMS (...ANIMAL FARM could have been published much sooner but no one in Britain or America would touch it because it was too obviously an allegory of Communism in Russia. Their excuse for not publishing it during the war was that it would offend Stalin, an ally. But even AFTER the war, when Russia once again became the enemy, the powers-that-be were STILL protecting Stalin's evil deeds from being exposed. ANIMAL FARM was finally published in August 1945 - eighteen months after Orwell finished writing it....
BIG BROTHER COMMUNIST CAPITALISM (...The worst of the left (iron-heel Communism) has joined together with the worst of the right (unfettered Capitalism). In COMMUNIST CAPITALISM there are no borders. Politicians from Communist AND Capitalist countries are shareholders in multi-national corporations. They benefit financially and otherwise from policies dictated by Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) who, collectively, own everything in the world, coming and going...)
MAO'S LITTLE RED BOOK, Printed in the People's Republic of China, Peking 1969 (Mao Tsetung: "The force at the core leading our cause forward is the Chinese Communist Party. The theoretical basis guiding our thinking is Marxism-Leninism")
LENINISM TODAY, Novosti Publishing House, Moscow 1969
(The eight pamphlets in this series contain articles from Soviet periodicals, in which prsent-day problems are examined in the light of Lenin's ideological legacy: Leninist Approach to the Unity of the World Communist Movement; Lenin's Party Doctrine and the Present Day; Leninism, an Effective Ideological Weapon; Leninism and the Socialist Community; Leninism versus Imperialism: The Present Stage; Principles of Lenin's Foreigh Policy; Lenin on the Socialist State; Leninist Strategy and Tactics)
GOLDSTEIN CONSPIRACY IN 1984
LENIN BEHIND ENVIRONMENTALISM (...Lenin (real name Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov), a disciple of Karl Marx, led the Bolshevik Revolution that seized power in Russia and set up the world's first Communist tyranny. His glass-encased body is on display in Moscow's Red Square, to which Communists the world over pay homage. Lenin ruled by terror from 1917 to 1924, setting up a secret police force - the Cheka. People opposed to the Communist government were imprisoned, tortured and murdered. He described his own dictatorship as "power, based directly upon force, and unrestricted by any laws."...
ENVIRONMENTALISM IS ANIMALISM IS COMMUNISM ("Four legs good, two legs bad"...Animalism was the philosophy of the communists depicted in Orwell's "Animal Farm". Animalism has amazing similarities to present-day Environmentalism, which gains money and power by extolling the virtures of animals and nature over human-beings, and blames human activity for the world's evils. As was the case in "Animal Farm" the followers of this philosophy are knowing and unknowing dupes helping its proponents to tyrannical power....)
ORWELL'S ROAD TO WIGAN PIER (...Sometimes I look at a Socialist —- the intellectual, tract-writing type of Socialist, with his pullover, his fuzzy hair, and his Marxian quotation —- and wonder what the devil his motive really is.... It is often difficult to believe that it is a love of anybody, especially of the working class, from whom he is of all people the furthest removed....)
ORWELL'S BOOKLOVERS' CORNER (...After getting off the underground we strolled leisurely down the High Street of Hampstead which is a very trendy area full of unique shops and cafes and interesting-looking flats and houses. Zoe noticed in the A to Z that a nearby park had a statue of Karl Marx "if we wanted to go and see". I almost choked on my ice-cream cone and told her I'd much prefer going to see a statue of George Orwell - one of England's greatest writers - than of an author no one's read but everyone talks about, and who was the figurehead of a political system Orwell spent the last fifteen years of his life actively opposing. But to this date there are no statues of Orwell....)
COMMUNIST CAPITALIST ORWELL MOVIES (Communists are NOT Socialists but they like to use the word so they can give it a bad name and this suits the Capitalists quite nicely because they ALSO want to give Socialism a bad name....)
LEFT, RIGHT & ORWELL SOCIALISM (...The root word of "socialism" is "society"... A political system that truly represents society is "Socialism". The Communist political system (left-wing) is obviously not "socialism" and neither is the Capitalist system (right-wing). Orwell was a "socialist" in the true sense of the word in that he cared about "society"...
ORWELL DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM UTOPIA (..."All animals are equal.... "Government of the people, by the people, for the people"...."As early as the beginning of the 20th century, human equality had become technically possible ...there was no longer any real need for class distinctions or for large differences of wealth... With the development of machine production, the need for human drudgery, and therefore to a great extent for human inequality, had disappeared... It was no longer necessary for human beings to live at different social or economic levels... If the machines were used properly toward that end, hunger, overwork, dirt, illiteracy, and disease could be eliminated within a few generations...")
WHY ORWELL WROTE (...Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism, as I understand it. It seems to me nonsense, in a period like our own, to think that one can avoid writing of such subjects. Everyone writes of them in one guise or another. It is simply a question of which side one takes and what approach one follows. And the more one is conscious of one's political bias, the more chance one has of acting politically without sacrificing one's aesthetic and intellectual integrity....)
ORWELL'S OTHER BOOKS
6.Super-States & 7.Systems of Thought & 8.Classes of People & 10.Rulers & 4.Old World Destruction & 35.Big Brother's Brotherhood
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